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I’m curious if it is possible for mi yodeya as a site to partner with say a rabbi or posek to create a live chat feature with a Q&A, similar to how Aish.com has, but maybe full time? I hope this proposal doesn’t sound too whacky because I think it would be interesting

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As indicated in my answer here, the chief distinguishing value offered by Mi Yodeya is crowd-sourced information. We focus on vetting and improving information by subjecting it to scrutiny and editing by a community of interested people, rather than on vetting specific people to provide information authoritatively.

Concretely, if we were to try to implement a feature with a single authoritative answerer, we'd run into challenges like:

  • How would we agree on whom to authorize for this purpose?
  • How would we find someone whom we have agreed on, who will fill this role?
  • How would we convince someone to do this job? Would we compensate them? How?
  • How would we hold the answerer accountable for time provided and quality of output?

I do like the idea of adding a less formal, more synchronous feature that does take advantage of our strength as a crowd. We used to hold scheduled, free-form parsha chats in our main chat room. Perhaps scheduled chats, either by text in our chat room or by voice/face using Google Meet or some such, would be a nice thing to bring back.

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