11

It is clear who experts are for Tex/LaTeX, Earth Science, or Christianity. However, for life hacks this is less clear, Is there such a thing as an expert for life hacks, or should we formulate it differently?

9

I suppose the experts are the enthusiastic, experienced hobbyists.

Those with the most experience will know the most about the topic. An expert is a person with a high degree of skill in or knowledge of a certain subject. Skill AND knowledge usually comes from practice and study. I doubt there are any 'lifehacks' courses available (although survival training comes close on certain areas), so practice will be the main method of acquiring expertise.

  • 1
    +1 ....in other words, anyone who knows what to do. – Shokhet Dec 9 '14 at 20:42
  • 5
    Hobbyists at what hobby? People who know the most about what topic? – hairboat Dec 9 '14 at 21:30
  • @abbyhairboat Enthusiasts, those who get a kick out of solving problems, a hobbyist in this case probably has a more vague definition than an expert. The 'topic' is what the question asked is about. – Mast Dec 9 '14 at 21:33
  • 1
    @abbyhairboat In my social group the hobby is called "MacGyvering". Taking random stuff and making cool things out of it. The kind of people who always carry a multi-tool and duct tape with them "just in case". – Angelo Fuchs Dec 10 '14 at 12:47
  • 2
    This sounds like everyone is an expert. – GimmeTehRepz Dec 10 '14 at 15:00
  • In some ways @GimmeTehRepz, yes everyone could be an expert, however, no one should spend their time becoming an expert at everything; especially just for this site. Life is more important that that. I have been successful at "MacGyvering" my fair share of solutions that work quite well... i wouldn't say I am an expert, however, if my solutions continue to raise high votes and praise, I could be leaned on as a trusted source. – Phlume Jun 12 '15 at 20:54
5

I think experience with a successful solution would make one a good teacher, ergo an expert. The interesting thing to note is that similar working solutions will find their way up to the top of the questions, similar to other sites.

Just like other SE sites there may be many ways to solve a certain problem, and not every solution is readily available to everyone. having a handful of working options allows the reader to find the one that best suits their specific scenario.

1

This site is a little different because of the breadth of topics here. Hard to tell if this is going to be a problem or not. Everyone here is expert on something or the other and we just may find that we get an excellent ratio of answers. We may not have so many super experts like you find on other SE sites.

Beta is where you find this kind of thing out. A lack of experts that visit the site constantly may or may not happen here, and even if it does happen we may still find that the site is viable. For example instead of dozens of experts that answer a lot of questions, we may find the site works by having hundreds of experts that answer just a few questions. Beta is where we figure this out.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .