Who can you trust in business?April 03, 2012
Should you trust the Klout Score, the StackOverflow reputation , the new Coderwall rep, check the number of followers on Quora or have a peak at a LinkedIn profile before you accept an answer?
I usually trust my friends and companies that guarantee my money back. I wouldn’t trust myself. Not that I am not honest. Sometimes you just don’t have the time to be as thorough as you should be. This is usually the case in free forums. Coderwall, badge, www.coderwall.com. Programmer’s forums are different. Most programmers’ questions are factual. You can actually tell if answers are right or wrong, or at least if it solves your problem. Moreover, you know that you can expect to get something back. It is proven by now.
This is not the fact in business environments or when you don’t stand to win anything by sharing. Most commercial forums are being flooded by self-promotion and spamvertizing. The quality of most business forums is poor.
Mancx’s bet in this is money as an incentive but surely someone is going to succeed in gamify a high quality business information exchange?