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How about a difficulty rating for questions?

When browsing the questions I feel I can answer, I am often frustrated by the fact that there are questions above and below the level I would like to address. I wonder whether people feel we should have a "toddlers pool" for beginners to ask questions, and more "pools" for intermediate and advanced? I see a problem with the definition of the limits of each pool, but I imagine that posting a beginner question in the advanced pool is going to see it thrown out or drowned by the professionals trying to discuss more advanced topics.

This is a dimension I have not seen in the website and although it could be solved with tags, it's be better done separately.

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    Duplicate: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3811/…
    – malach
    Commented Oct 29, 2009 at 11:52
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    So you will use your own skill level to assign a skill level to your question...
    – mouviciel
    Commented Oct 29, 2009 at 12:01
  • Thanks for finding the duplicate - I tried to find "pool" and "skill level" but there was nothing. I've up voted the original question. Should I now remove this one? What's the correct behaviour? Commented Oct 29, 2009 at 17:12
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    @Bernhard: Leave this question where it is! If you have not found the dupe, it's very likely that someone else will not find it either. But maybe he finds your post. Commented Oct 29, 2009 at 20:46

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I doubt if it's really about "levels" rather than "specialties"?


You mean instead of belongs-on-SU tags you want belongs-on-toddler.

Honestly? I hate this idea. Really cluttering the space instead of organizing it. Make up your mind and answer the question or leave it as it is.

  • Beginner's questions do not by any means automatically belong on Super User. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/26305/…
    – Arjan
    Commented Oct 29, 2009 at 11:54
  • @Arjan: You did not understand me correctly. The belongs-to tags are annoying. That was my point. I don't think the suggested feature would be any better. Commented Oct 29, 2009 at 11:57
  • @John, then indeed I didn't understand correctly!
    – Arjan
    Commented Oct 29, 2009 at 12:05
  • I don't mind you saying you hate the idea John, but "Make up your mind" is impolite. The idea stems from the fact that we don't want to trawl through the questions we cannot answer or feel we are not qualified to answer. Thanks for your input. Commented Oct 29, 2009 at 17:48
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    Man, if you think "Make up your mind" is impolite we two should never have a face-to-face discussion :] Commented Oct 29, 2009 at 19:23

It is one way to build reputation as an expert to answer beginner's questions you stumble upon. If you only swim in the experts pool, you will never get to see them.

And then there is the odd question that seems to be easy but turns out to be very hard. How would I know as a beginner in the field asking the question?

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