Came across your page about Wondir.com and had to read it.
I'm what I guess you call one of the prolific users, currently #3 out of over 125,000 registered Wonderites.
I like several points you make in your post...and if you have the time stop by my blog and add anything you like to my post about Wondir's future, its a suggestion post and I think you'd come up with a few good improvements.
One thing you said that first got my attention is this:
"The most interesting thing, to me, is that I don't think Wondir's really got this yet. For example, you can check out the most prolific users, or the highest-ranked users, but I don't see evidence of a knowledge pool anywhere. For example, I can't quickly search archived questions for possible answers."
Wondir does offer you a selected number of possible questions that match yours (or as close as the program allows, based usually on phrasing and language problems.) and you are free to choose to read those posts or post the question as you have it phrased.
I'd love to see a perfect copy of answers already given on Wondir, but I'd also like to see a "Dragon-Dictates" type of program which has no "issues" with language or accent. Often times how we speak and phase things is how we type.
You also mentioned "social networking" on your page.
To me, especially, this is a HUGE part of Wondir. Not the daily chit-chat that goes on in some categories like the "Mature" page, but the interaction of a lot of the regulars, like myself, who take time out of their own lives to answer simple posts about homework, relationships and populations of various counties....
But we do a lot more. You see, a lot of posts are of a personal nature. People looking for an outsiders viewpoint, ideas and suggestions.
To a lot of us Wondirites, its the "personal touch" that makes Wondir a site worth visiting and posting to.
That said, I do agree a site design team needs to make something of the Wondir site itself. While simple and plain may be in, it jsut seems to be missing something with a little *kick* to it....all things in good time though.
All in all, I really liked your page, with you being in the VC area, I can see problems though because most Venture Capitalists aren't going to be "hanging out" on Wondir and will never get to see what the true Wondir of Wondir is...it's the personal one on one question/answer - problem/advice/counseling approach that Wondir allows people.
As an entrepreneur your looking at dollars, but those of us who supply most ofthe answers on Wondir don't. We look at the results, the homework question answered, the business problem solved...or more importantly, the personal lives touched...thats where Wondir's strenght is..in the people it helps.
Please stop by my blog and post anything you thing would be helpful. I'm fishing for ideas to improve the quality of service on Wondir as opposed to the bottom line, but either way its all about the answers...thanks for the page
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