[Wellington-pm] [Fwd: Announcing O'Reilly Answers - A useful site that's, well, a different kind of animal]
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> From: Marsee Henon
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> Subject: Announcing O'Reilly Answers - A useful site that's, well, a
> different kind of animal
> Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2009 07:05:12 -0800
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> Announcing O'Reilly Answers
> A useful site that's, well, a different kind of animal
> We're launching the beta of O'Reilly Answers
> and I'm inviting you to be part of it. In brief, O'Reilly Answers is a
> community site for sharing knowledge, asking questions, and providing
> answers that brings together our customers, authors, editors, conference
> speakers, and Foo (Friends of O'Reilly).
> Why Answers, and why now?
> O'Reilly is at the center of an amazing exchange of knowledge sharing
> and idea generation. We've created the usual means of facilitating
> communication between customers, O'Reilly folks, and the outside experts
> we call "alpha geeks" who contribute to O'Reilly books, conferences, and
> websites. We can connect through reader reviews, errata submissions,
> book forums, blog comments, Get Satisfaction, our customer service
> department, and more. But too much of this conversation is siloed, and
> not enough is public (e.g., discussions on our internal mailing list for
> editors, or personal responses to customer questions). O'Reilly Answers
> will be the place where much of that communication happens from this
> point forward.
> Why participate?
> The lofty reason: Like O'Reilly, you want to "change the world by
> spreading the knowledge of innovators." That's our mission, and we've
> been fortunate enough to build a community of passionate, committed
> people who love to learn and share their knowledge as they work towards
> a better world for us all.
> The "nice, but what's in it for me" reasons: reputation, recognition,
> and rewards.
> Get Recognized: "Find interesting people" is a core activity at
> O'Reilly, and an important component of our success. We see Answers as
> an important way to discover and connect with our next authors, online
> instructors, videographers, and speakers.
> Build Your Reputation: You've learned a lot, why not get credit for all
> that knowledge? As your submissions to Answers are voted up, your
> personal reputation on the site increases. At launch, your reputation
> will be based solely on your participation in O'Reilly Answers. Soon,
> we're expanding across oreilly.com, so the book errata and book reviews
> you've submitted, books you've registered, and conferences you've
> attended, will add reputation points. You'll also earn badges
> to mark accomplishments and milestones.
> Earn Rewards: Glory is great, but discounts and deals are nice, too. We
> want to reward your contributions to the O'Reilly community. Shortly
> we'll have a point-based system in place that you can redeem for books,
> training, courses, and conferences. Details soon, but in the meantime,
> any actions you take now will count towards your total points.
> This is just v.1:
> The best part of any project on the web is watching it take on a life of
> its own. With that in mind, we're looking forward to *your* suggestions
> about where O'Reilly Answers should go, what features should be added,
> and what benefits and rewards we can offer all of you.
> I'd like to acknowledge the projects that have proceeded Answers and
> inspired us, such as SitePoint Forums (we distribute their books),
> StackOverflow, Yahoo! Answers, Knol, and many others. They're great
> resources, and we think the O'Reilly community can create a useful site
> that's, well, a different kind of animal.
> One last thing: O'Reilly Answers is in beta and you may encounter bugs.
> We're still working on many improvements to the site, such as feeds for
> each tag, but would love to hear your suggestions for features and
> improvements. Please send any suggestions/questions/bug reports to
> answers at oreilly.com.
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