Long before endorsements were a twinkle in LinkedIn’s eye on the future, members chased Expert status in Answers.
Perhaps it was an incentive to get members to visit the Question and Answer forum; however, a recent discussion in that platform points towards a downside.
Is it time for LinkedIn to dump the Expert status?
Answer Me This
In case you’re not a LinkedIn aficionado, the following is a run-down on Answers.
- Answers is LinkedIn’s forum where members ask questions in various categories
- Any member can respond to the questions asked
- The person asking the question can rate responses as Best and Good
- Best designations earn points of expertise – the more points earned – the higher the responder’s placement on the list of Experts
You access Answers at the top of the LinkedIn Home page at the dropdown menu under More.
If you scroll down the Answers Home page, you’ll see the latest list of Experts.
Expert or Klout?
Early reviews of Klout criticized that the categories of expertise were downright comical. For example, I was christened with an expertise in Food because I use analogies to the Food Network in my posts.
No system is perfect, but the following describes shortcomings of Expert rankings.
- Opinions Count – Depending on the question, your answer can receive a Best designation simply by expressing your opinion, as evidenced by my Best Answer in Web Development – trust me, an expert in that category, I’m not
- Bad Behavior – Like any measurement of social relevance, Expert status spawns bad behavior – what one member in the discussion referred to as shotgun responses – spraying nonsense all over the Q&A forum to gather points
- Arbitrary Rankings - Some members who ask the questions feel compelled to rate the responses, even if a rating is meaningless – as noted in those that express opinions – what makes my opinion superior to yours?
You Be the Judge
I have a problem with platforms that attempt to tell us who the experts are.
- Networking allows you to decide who you think is an expert
- We don’t need designated experts or to be told who to follow or what to read
My vote would be LinkedIn dump the Expert status, make the canned LinkedIn Today optional, and let us get about our own business of networking.
What’s your opinion on LinkedIn Experts?
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