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#1 posted 05-21-2012 05:20 PM

What you are asking for seems simple, but I can tell you it is not.

You’d need to build a database of people who have certain skillsets, areas of expertise, and styles and then categorize them. You’d need an impartial 3rd party arbiter(s) to decide where those people are experts. Not only that, you’ll have to deal with the politics of saying some people are good and some are bad (simply leaving someone off a list might be a message to them that they aren’t good at something). This could lead to huge issues and possibly some resentment or, worse, abandoning the site.

Not only that, even if these people on the list are experts, some of them may have very little time to sit down and constantly answer questions from the thousands of users we have. It’s not that they wouldn’t want to help, but helping may interfere with the rest of their life.

There are way too many skills and niches in woodworking to do this in any meaningful way. Your list is going to be massive and organizing it/making it user friendly may take more work than it’s worth.

Just put questions out when you have them and you’ll start learning who is knowledgeable and willing to help. Use the search often and see who normally fields the questions you would have. From there, build your buddy list to watch those people and see what they are posting next.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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