Not as an automated tool, but if users could set their "experience level" within their favorite tags, it might be helpful to gauge the verbosity of answer needed.

I usually head into answering a question with only an assumption of the OP's understanding of the language/problem/framework/whatever. This regularly leads to me going back for numerous edits to add more detail (or lengthy discussions in comments).

The experience level could be shown in the tags on questions:

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And people could recommend upping or downing someones experience (anonymous? earn exp vote points?)

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Couldn't find any other discussion about this, so if there is and I missed it, apologies.


  • Wouldn't people either end up a "beginner" or an "expert"? – ben is uǝq backwards Apr 27 '13 at 19:19
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    95% of programmers think they are among the top 5% – user206222 Apr 27 '13 at 19:20

Well no, not really.

it might be helpful to gauge the verbosity of answer needed.

That assumes you're answering the question for the OP only. Keep in mind however that we're trying to create a repository of quality content for the internet as a whole. So don't just answer with the OP in mind.

If you need a bit more content to create an answer that can be helpful to a wider range of developers (from beginner to expert) than the specific author of the question, go ahead, because you're doing everyone a favour. And with that in mind, I don't see a need for the feature proposed.

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  • Makes perfect sense. Thanks. – stormdrain Apr 27 '13 at 19:24

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