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Author Topic: How does Intelligent Answers work?  (Read 7079 times)

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How does Intelligent Answers work?
« on: 11 March, 2009, 06:52:22 PM »
First, you have to register.  Some areas are open to guests, but most require you to sign in.

Once you've registered, you are ready to go.  You can ask and answer questions in the "Intelligent Questions and Intelligent Answers" section, or you can use the less formal IntelligentAnswers Café to rant, chat, debate any items that really don't fit into the category of "Intelligent Questions".

Changing your avatar
If you want to change your avatar, it is quite simple.  You go into "Profile", then click on the left on "Forum profile information".  You can either upload your own pic, link to another picture on the internet, or you can use one of the avatars in the avatar library, including some pretty cool animated ones.  It is possible to add more avatars to the library - I've uploaded over 100, but will be doing more over the coming weeks and months.

Messaging
There is a messaging facility within the site that allows you to send private messages to other users - an improvement over iQ is that this system allows you to send the same message to up to five people, which can be helpful.  However, you do have to make a few posts to the site to activate this feature - that is just spam protection, so we don't get people signing up and then spamming everyone with sales messages.  Can't quite remember how many posts you have to make, but you'll soon find out!

Asking a question
Asking a question is very easy - just find the appropriate category (is it a general question, one about how the site works, or are you just wanting to have some fun, in which case the café is the best place), and then click on "New topic".  That will start a new 'thread' (question) within the section.  When asking, please try and put as much of the question as possible in the 'Subject" box (this should really be titled 'Question') so that other users can see, at a glance, what the question is about.  Complete the question, or add any supplementary information, in the box below. 

You can add pictures by clicking on "additional options" at the bottom, if you so wish. 

Answering a question
Simply click on "reply", and then away you go.  Unlike iQ, there is no facility for differentiating between answers and comments/opinions, but you can use the 'quote' button to refer to someone else's answer.  Just play around with it - we're not going to be nasty to people who are simply trying to learn how to use the system!

How to stop getting email notifications of everything
Go to your profile, then in the 'Modify Profile' box on the left of the screen click on Notifications and email, from there you can select which, if any, notifications you get sent.

I'll add more hints and tips to this section in the coming weeks - but in the meantime, please feel free to look around the site, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

In fact, please ask loads of questions - that's what we're here for!
« Last Edit: 13 March, 2009, 10:47:02 AM by Duffield1 »

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Re: How does Intelligent Answers work?
« Reply #1 on: 11 March, 2009, 09:17:19 PM »
I tried the messaging after two posts and it worked then

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Re: How does Intelligent Answers work?
« Reply #2 on: 12 March, 2009, 04:29:59 PM »
I tried the messaging after two posts and it worked then

I think it asks you to verify you are a real person by typing in the content of a graphic panel for the first few times you send a message.  After that, the system recognises you as a 'real' person, rather than an answer-bot or sam-bot!

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Re: How does Intelligent Answers work?
« Reply #3 on: 13 March, 2009, 05:07:32 PM »
I'm not very used to these forums, what's a "Sticky Topic"?

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Re: How does Intelligent Answers work?
« Reply #4 on: 13 March, 2009, 06:20:15 PM »
If a topic is sticky it means it will always be at the top of the board and not moved down by newer posts.

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Re: How does Intelligent Answers work?
« Reply #5 on: 13 March, 2009, 06:27:10 PM »
Thanks, that was a helpful answer. But now I don't know how to rate it as helpful...  I really am a newbie... ???

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Re: How does Intelligent Answers work?
« Reply #6 on: 13 March, 2009, 06:29:47 PM »
You can't at the moment, but when you have made five posts, you'll be able to click on 'you're a gem!' next to the answerer's avatar.

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Re: How does Intelligent Answers work?
« Reply #7 on: 13 March, 2009, 06:35:38 PM »
Ok. Then I hope it's ok to post this so I can do that...  :) Was just trying to see if it had anything to do with Firefox vs IE. Thank you!

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Re: How does Intelligent Answers work?
« Reply #8 on: 10 January, 2011, 03:31:34 AM »
Duff, remind me again, as the half-life of facts I've seen before seems to be less than a week.

What are the criteria, and the specific requirements, for each of the levels of membership?  i.e., how does one pass from Student Level 1 to Student Level 2, et. seq.?

How does one get Helpfulness points?  Can they be erased or diminished, having been received?

What are the stars associated with people's names, and how are they awarded/earned?

What is the difference between a gold star and a green star?

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Re: How does Intelligent Answers work?
« Reply #9 on: 10 January, 2011, 09:56:02 AM »
Posts/ranks are (ignore the 'modify', I just copied over from the admin panel);
Name Stars Required posts
Student - Level 1  1384  
Student - Level 2   50 Modify
Student - Level 3   100 Modify
Student - GCSE   200 Modify
Student - AS Level   300 Modify
Student - A Level   400 Modify
Bachelor   500 Modify
Masters   650 Modify
Doctorate   800 Modify
Pythagoras  1000 Modify
Archimedes   1250 Modify
Leonardo DaVinci   1500 Modify
Galileo   1750 Modify
Marie Curie   2000 Modify
Maria Montessori   2500 Modify
Stephen Hawking   3000 Modify
Dean   3500 Modify
Vice Chancellor   4000 Modify
Chancellor  5000 Modify
University Councillor   6000 Modify

Gold stars are all members and increase with rank, green for Moderators, red for Admins - latter two just get five stars and that doesn't change.
Helpfulness points are given by other members by clicking on 'you're a gem', they would be diminished by other members clicking on 'think again' (these options are visible in the info relating to a member next to their posts), but that's the only way, they don't 'wear out'.
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Re: How does Intelligent Answers work?
« Reply #10 on: 05 May, 2011, 02:23:34 AM »
Right. So we all have to click on 'You're a gem'.

I must admit that I for one often forget to click  this function even though I have been
regularly astounded at at the rightness of the comments and insights . Must try harder!

Buuuuut...now for the bit that really surprises me about the rankings...

Pythagoras 
Archimedes
Leonardo DaVinci
Galileo
Marie Curie 
Maria Montessori
and
Stephen Hawking 

These guys don't even rank as highly as a Dean? I mean, a Dean!

Or a Vice Chancellor?

Or a Chancellor?

Let alone a University Councillor?

Hello?

How is that again?

Am I on the wrong planet?
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Re: How does Intelligent Answers work?
« Reply #11 on: 05 May, 2011, 07:29:03 AM »
When we were up ladders with our hammers out behind the scenes before we launched IA a group of us put together such things as the rank list and had a voting session.
I honestly don't recall whether it was just majority or if there was a specific reason for the 'names' to not be the highest.

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Re: How does Intelligent Answers work?
« Reply #12 on: 02 October, 2011, 06:10:02 PM »
These guys don't even rank as highly as a Dean? I mean, a Dean!
Or a Vice Chancellor?
Or a Chancellor?
Let alone a University Councillor?
Depends on what time in their life ... they were all students at one time!
Although Hawking's professor at Oxford did famously say after one year that there was nothing more he could teach him