How about a question and answer plugin for blogs?

Instead of one size fits all web services that try and cram all attention and input through a single portal, why not develop thousands or millions of community question and answer hubs? The technical challenge include providing Q&A software (stack exchange or quora like), creating a blog plugin for WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Posterous, etc, and enabling a network glue to allow cross community activity and sharing. Blog hosts can moderate the Q&A board themselves or assign moderation to trusted community members.

The idea hit me while scanning Robert Scoble’s recent frustration with Quora. Quora moderators have the ability alter questions and remove answers, in hopes of improving question and answer quality. Answers can also be down voted by coordinated user groups, without any recourse for contributors (see Digg or Reddit burying). Mr. Scoble has a knack for instigating opinionated conversations about social web topics, and he’s done it again.

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From moocowmoo:

The Scoble Hype Cycle is becoming a parody of itself.

Step 1) Find new service

Step 2) Become incredibly enthusiatic, acquire the most followers

Step 3) Declare it as the new blogging / twitter / friendfeed / foursquare / buzz / latitude / whatever else was the last victim of the Scoble Hype Cycle

Step 4) Hit some minor flaw or snag, frequently one that only affects someone using the service in an extreme way with a ridiculous number of followers

Step 5) Declare it as dead, fundamentally flawed, move on to the next lucky company

Can’t wait to see who’s next.

Robert Scoble’s response:

That’s a lame analysis of what I do. Really lame.

My response to Robert:

Shallow assessment but the macro trend is correct for services where you hit a wall.

What surprises me in the case of Quora is why you haven’t reposted answers to questions here on your blog, like a Q&A tab. Maybe your own mini scoble-q&a to enable folks that follow your work to ask questions and chat, promoting community. That would be an addon/service I’d enjoy as a blogger. Then these mini-communities can be woven together between blogs where a question here get’s a link to an answer on Fred Wilson’s or Dave Winer’s blog. Disqus and/or a blog pluggin could provide the service.

I reposted answers that I put time into, in case they were banished to invisibility.

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  • http://rizzn.com Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins

    There are dozens. ElegantThemes sells one. There’s plenty for BuddyPress as well.

  • http://www.seanpaune.com Sean P. Aune

    Yes, the summary of what Scoble does is “lame analysis”.

    However, when what you’re analyzing is “lame” …

    (before someone shoots me, no, I am not calling Robert lame, I’m calling this endless hype-cycle of his lame. Enough already, how many times are we going to fall for him getting overly excited about something?)

  • http://www.missi.com/ Peter Beddows

    Mark: Excellent observations and also a great suggestion to Scobleizer which I support

  • http://tarpipe.com/ Bruno Pedro

    It’s already here and it’s called DISQUS.

    We’re using it right now: you posted a question and we’re answering it down here. You can “like” an answer voting it up and even reply.

  • http://technbiz.blogspot.com paramendra

    This post was on TechMeme. Cograts Mark.

  • http://www.victusspiritus.com/ Mark Essel

    Thanks Paramendra.

    it’s nice being on TechMeme for 50-100 referral views, but you can’t beat organic search. My Minecraft post brought in 500 visitors today, and it’s several months old.

  • Henchan

    The rate of change is increasing. Extrapolating this he should hit the ‘Singularity’ – all phases of the Gartner hype cycle in a single post – sometime in 2012.

  • Henchan

    The rate of change is increasing. Extrapolating this he should hit the ‘Singularity’ – all phases of the Gartner hype cycle in a single post – sometime in 2012.

  • http://gorumors.com Anand

    Disqus doesn’t solve the purpose. Ok, you can follow all your “answers” in one place. But if I am a blogger, I would also love to automatically post my “answer” as well as engage my readers with my questions on my blog. – that service, that Mark is suggesting, is a hybrid between Disqus and Tumblr. Should be pretty cool…

  • http://arnoldwaldstein.com awaldstein

    Stimulating thought experiment Mark.

    I’m experiencing portal fatigue with most of my bookmarked services. Or maybe boredom.

    What I want to do is live in the connections between these portals as those threads are where dynamic energy keeps everythng fresh.

    Lately though…feeling like I’m in a Samuel Becket play as I just can’t find what I want.

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  • http://www.victusspiritus.com/ Mark Essel

    I went through a down period where I blogged and remained semi-active on my favorite web hangouts but didn’t work on any new web projects.

    This past month I’ve been revitalized and have actively began cranking out mini-projects again as I work through and learn some of the nuances of front end development (jquery/javascript). Next on my plate is persistence and back end server projects leveraging couchDB and ruby on rails (walkthroughs/tutorials on rails 3).

    All the while I remain tuned into the pulse on social relevance, my ideal market space.

  • http://www.missi.com/ Peter Beddows

    “What I want to do is live in the connections between these portals as those threads are where dynamic energy keeps everything fresh.” = join the club; me too Arnold!

    Love the reference to Samuel Becket.

  • http://www.missi.com/ Peter Beddows

    I think I have previously mentioned, and if not, I certainly have thought, that your output these days Mark is so prolific it is a challenge to keep up …. but don’t let that stop you; you always have something interesting to add to any conversation which is why we follow your blogs and tweets as well as feel confident in asking for your suggestions and guidance on occassion.

  • http://technbiz.blogspot.com paramendra

    Only 50-100 hits from TechMeme? I am surprised.

  • http://technbiz.blogspot.com paramendra

    Only 50-100 hits from TechMeme? I am surprised.

  • http://www.justinherrick.com Justin Herrick

    Agreed

  • Anonymous

    I think our product, Answerbase (http://answerbase.com) might be what you’re looking for.
    It’s a service based Q&A platform and it allows you to integrate it with your blog or site through different types of widgets or even API if you want to go deeper into it.
    We’ll also be launching login integration with Facebook, Twitter, OpenID and custom Single Sign On in a few weeks.

  • http://www.victusspiritus.com/ Mark Essel

    It’s reasonable for a discussion link, not a main article. Front page main articles likely receive heavy traffic.