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iFixit, Everyone Answers It

by Armin Talic | November 25, 2009November 25, 2009 6:39 pm PST

Our friends over at iFixit have just rolled out their latest feature, Answers, perhaps one of the most useful additions to the diy tech community in the past few months.

For those of you that are not familiar with iFixit, they’re a team of tech enthusiasts determined to make the world a better place, one self-repair at a time. Find out more about them here…

‘Answers’ is their latest feature rollout, bringing with it some excellent community potential.

iFixit Features

From the horses mouth:

Answers is a natural progression from our successful forums. The community will have complete control over the content on Answers, and the system will be collaboratively managed by you, and other people like you. Every question and answer can be voted on by anyone and edited by members of the community.

As we were designing Answers, we had four guiding imperatives:

  1. It’s important that posts get more useful over time. It’s not uncommon for a traditional repair forum response to become the canonical source for an answer to a problem, only to get outdated and stagnant as technology changes.
  2. It’s important that we recognize expertise. It matters if the author of an answer is a professional technician, or has helped 200 people fix their problems.
  3. It’s important to make helping people fun. There’s a rush that comes from helping someone solve a tricky problem, being recognized by people for the research you put into a question before asking it, or testing your hardware diagnosis mettle against others.
  4. And most important, we need to close the feedback loop between the people answering questions and those asking them. Repairing things is uniquely tangible — when you use a solution proposed by someone, you know for a fact whether or not it worked. Finding out that the answer you gave someone actually fixed their problem is one of the greatest feelings in the world.

So, if you have a tech related question that needs answering, or you want to earn ‘geek star’ credit from the tech community, give it a shot.