Posting and answering questions you have already found the answer to
Ran into a situation today that I think might be familiar, and had a thought on how StackExchange might make use of it.
I looked for an answer on StackOverflow and couldn't find it (rare, admittedly). Because I was in a hurry, instead of asking the question, I google elsewhere and found a really nice and complete answer. For me, that's where the StackExchange story stops this time.
However, what if I could enter my question, suggest this text as the answer, copy it verbatim (unmodified except formatting), and provide the closest attribution possible?
Perhaps I would get some extra reputation for being resourceful, and the site would get credit multiple places in the viewing of the post, with a link since it would be a special type of answer (an "attributed answer", perhaps)
- External content into StackExchange -- more content
- Connect StackExchange with the rest of the web through the best knowledge
- Those who have knowledge and write beautiful ways to do things -- that solve peoples' problems -- get the credit that they deserve, and potential traffic
- Users can rely more on StackExchange and less on Google, which means StackExchange will be their first stop more often than not
- A minor one: reputable businesses / blogs that have a ton of these answers may want to submit them en masse (for moderation); this could be done for a fee, potentially driving revenues.
Potential Drawbacks (Gotta be honest, right?)
- I can see some sort of moderation / oversight being necessary to ensure that the answers coming in are legitimate and not an external site flooding with answers or someone submitting variations of "what is 2 + 2" to gain reputation.
- link bait: instead of answering a question, a user could write the post on their blog site.
- Potential Solution: I would suggest only allowing these types of answers when the user submits a question and answer pair together
- Might cause users to favor Google before searching on StackExchange, so that they could submit this sort of answer
- Potential Solution: the moderation mentioned earlier would be necessary. Similar questions would be rejected
Just a thought; thanks for considering!