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Ramya Chowdary
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You are in real hurry to have a technical question answered.

Is it okay here to offer somekind of bounty (inform of paypal, say $20, depending upon question) for first sucessful answer.
It may motivate someone to spend sometime to answer the question.
I don't think there will be much fraud in it.

 
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On CodeRanch? Absolutely not.
 
Campbell Ritchie
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That would induce people to rush and would reduce the quality of replies.
 
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There are a host of problem actually

1. If users can get paid to answer questions, why would they attempt to answer the ones that are not paid ?
2. Paying would increase 'homework' questions
3. Dispute over pay is a big headache
4. Who handles the manages the transaction ? Paypal ? Credit cards ? Javaranch is a public forum. Private data is best left - private.

What motivates people in this forum is the willingness to help others. Petty money is unlikely to motivate this gregarious bunch.
 
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Deepak Bala wrote:
What motivates people in this forum is the willingness to help others. Petty money is unlikely to motivate this gregarious bunch.

Huge +1
Also what Bear and Campbell said.

If you have money to spend to get your questions answered, you can always put it in the Tip Jar
 
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I dont know how education business works... but Knowledge and Money -> Oil and Water
 
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If yo uhave a teaching job, you would expect to be paid for that, but as people have said, we are here specifically as unpaid volunteers.
 
Ramya Chowdary
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That would induce people to rush and would reduce the quality of replies.


My experience with competetive based approach is, It increases the level of quality.
But, once they see a solution from experienced person ( anything of insecurity ), people would be reluctant to answer the same or reluctant to put the efforts they would otherwise be ready.
 
Ramya Chowdary
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What about the questions, that are not getting answered even for 3-4 days ( Of course, period defined on level of urgency)?

Is there a way to address this problem somehow ?


 
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Pratap koritala wrote:What about the questions, that are not getting answered even for 3-4 days ( Of course, period defined on level of urgency)?

Is there a way to address this problem somehow ?



Sometimes unaswered quesions are a sign that the question is vague or hard to approach. And sometimes it is something people dont know.
 
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There are some sites that give you paid help for "small" doubts like fixya, experts exchange etc. I dont know if you can solve your problem there and if those sites are good.
Anybody tried such sites ?

PS : There may be a small problem though. What comes first : payment or answer ?
 
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Rahul Sudip Bose wrote: . . . There may be a small problem though. What comes first : payment or answer ?
And what if there is a dispute? If a good answer is given but the poster doesn't like the answer?
 
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Also, I would actually be less likely to answer. I am busy as it is -- so why send time answering a question that will likely get other answers?

Henry
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