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Gregg McLachlan

September 22 2011

Creating two levels of users

I'm wondering about ability to create two user groups in Anahita: One general user group (public) and another level of user that is specifically reserved for experts. The purpose is that general users would then interact with experts #anahita #social #networking #engine

Rastin Mehr
Rastin Mehr
September 22 2011 Permalink
Hi @Gregg I'm not sure how that concept will work out within a social network context where leadership is earned and not appointed. By that I mean people who constantly publish and create useful knowledge, insights, and content, gain more and more followers and earn their authority from an audience that recognize them as experts.
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Rastin Mehr
September 22 2011 Permalink
Would you please be able to share a bit more about what you are trying to do? Having more information perhaps I could help you better.
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September 22 2011 Permalink
Alright I think I came up with a scenario:

Assuming that we have a panel of people who are legally recognized as experts. For example a panel of Medical Doctors, Lawyers, Financial Advisors etc.

In that case you can list and promote their profiles so people can follow their profiles where the experts publish their expert advice.

You can also create a set of groups and ask the experts to only answer questions or create content within the relevant groups. That is especially important if you are offering access to those groups as a Premium service (we are doing the exact same concept here on Anahitapolis)
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Rastin Mehr
September 22 2011 Permalink
You can even allow the experts to create, administer, and promote their own groups.
Gregg McLachlan
September 25 2011 Permalink
Hi Rastin. The best example I could use would be like on Sprouter.com where general users can interact with experts and ask them questions, etc. For this particular project, we will have a focus on one niche industry. Experts would have to apply, or receive invite to be considered for initial expert panel
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Rastin Mehr
October 01 2011 Permalink
Interesting, I wonder how well sprouter is doing? Because one problem with a panel of experts is that it is not a very scalable approach.

In the description it says:


We’re not crowdsourcing knowledge, we’re gathering it from proven experts.


and then the founders can:


Comment on answers. Add valuable information to an expert’s answer by sharing your thoughts, or clarify a question you’ve asked by adding a follow-up thought.



Vote and share. Vote answers up based on how useful they are, and share them with your network.



Create your own hub of knowledge on Sprouter. Your questions and answers, and the answers you find useful, are stored on a devoted page so you can refer back to them at any time.

which means elements of crowd sourcing are still there.

In regards with Anahita, yes you can build a concept similar to Sprouter.com or even better than that. You do need some custom development of course, because the building blocks that we distribute are intentionally developed to be generic, but you can either customize or build your own by obtaining the knowledge and existing code examples.

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