ario (interimlover) wrote in suggestions,

Breaking out "areas of expertise" from "interests"

Breaking out "areas of expertise" from "interests"

Short, concise description of the idea
In addition to the interests lists on the userinfo page, there could also be an "areas of expertise" list. This would of course be optional and work exactly like the interests list... but the seperation of the two I think is important.

Full description of the idea
A full discussion of the thinking behind this idea can be found here:

In addition to what is said there, a crucial feature to this could be making the list appear public or friends-only... so that users can have control over who might see their expertise list.

An ordered list of benefits
  • 1. serves as a resume of sorts, allowing users to display their skills and gives insight into the persons's life sharing the list
  • 2. allows others to know what your areas of expertise are so that they can ask you question they would've never know to go to you for to begin with.
  • 3. someone can easily post such a list as a journal entry, but a post doesn't have permanance like the userinfo page interest list does.
  • 4. a user could also put this list in their Bio section, but then the list wouldn't be clickable to other users who have the same areas of expertise.
  • 5. new users to LJ would see this and say "hey, that's cool, I haven't seen that on any other blogging websites" which is bonus points for LJ and helps educates users who had never really thought about explicitly listing out their areas of expertise before then.

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • There will be privacy issues, but I think this can be mittigated by allowing the list to be friends-only.
  • Also, the list should be capped at the same level that the interest list is at currently.

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • The list would appear exactly like the interests list, only appearing above it with the heading "Areas of expertise" before the list.
  • "Areas of expertise" would be a link taking the user to a page that explained what the list was there for.
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