Nah, not really. There are a lot of people who I see posting again and again who I think are just not that bright. When their answers are not well-thought out or when they don't seem genuinely interested in giving advise but rather in being preachy or critical others, I guess I just assume that they're looking for attention and don't have much of a life in the real world.
But then there are people like, for example, you (thanks for responding to a couple of my questions, btw!) and seifishstars whose names I recognize and whose answers I think are sincere and well-thought-out and I guess since I see you guys often enough I suppose that I can kind of get a taste for the kinds of people/answerers you are. And with people who I keep running into and who I've developed a sort of respect for, I guess I kind of feel some sort of kinship with them (I know that sounds dorky!) that has nothing to do with how many questions a person's answered and everything to do with a person's disposition and worldview. But then again I feel like I've been in so many situations in my life where I've been intimidated by people (I used to be PAINFULLY shy) that I guess I've kind of built up an immunity to it by now. Plus it helps that it's online, so there's a degree of anonymity and comfort in that.
I was a bit when I first joined this site. I've been to other forums where the "regulars" are very cliquey. They look down on or treat new people negatively because they think they're "Internet cool". I wasn't sure if this site would be the same way.
But after being here for a bit, I realized that there's a lot of really nice people here, and also that someone's level has nothing to do with the quality of answers they give or how knowledgeable they are.
But sometimes I still feel a little intimidated by some of the very intelligent people. :)
I mean, I think some of them give really bad advice. A lot of time levels don't mean that the person gives best advice - just that they'll answer pretty much any question, with pretty much any answer - just to get points.
I mean, obviously - that's not the same in all cases. But the levels are mostly just to do with how long you've been around or how active you are. Not really a show of whether you're a good advice giver or not.
Plus, a lot of the time, I either know enough about the person, or have seen their answers/questions around, that I know what to expect from them. New or anonymous users are the ones you have to watch out for lol.
No, I'm not really intimidated. Like many people have already said, a lot of 'experts' don't post intelligent answers - but I am impressed by those who do. It shows they actually go into it wanting to give truly helpful advice, and that's really, really cool.
I'm only intimidated by people who consistently post highly intelligent, well-thought out posts. Seriously, I'm thinking that their brains could own mine in a fight any day...that is very intimidating.
No. I've heard some really poor answers from experts, & so I don't value expert opinions. There are some people on this site who I think give amazing advice like: Enchanted, Dan, Sass?, you :D. But I don't pay attention to people's Xper rating, I pay attention to how good the advice is. Personally, I think experts should be someone who is voted high by their peers, but I guess it doesn't matter.
I was intimidated until I parked my ass in front of my laptop for hours on end to reach level 10. Now I only answer questions that pique my interest or I really feel like they're in dire need of advice. I have like 250 'friends' on here but I'm only close with maybe 10 people. And they're all awesome, like my second family.
I think it's funny though that people get intimidated by others on the internet. We're all just people in my opinion. And I'm much more articulate on paper than in person. In real life, I swear like a sailor and say 'dude' and 'awesome' more than a California surfer.
If anything I'm intimidated by new members.. I don't know the first thing about them -> Yet with other users of higher statue I can look/think back to what I know of them and it brings some peace in mind (regardless of what those thoughts are) because at least then I KNOW rather than I'm guessing.
So if I were to answer a newbies post: "You should do x y and z" then typically I wouldn't know if he's going to explode out of rage or if he's just a spammer.. With experts you tend to have a little knowledge of how they answer questions, whether or not you should listen to them or just read their comments for humor, etc..
Just the opposing viewpoint but that's how I truly feel.
For new members it might be intimidating to have someone that high give a reply. For those who have been members for a little while and have read answers from higher members you can get a feel if the person is genuine or trying to be funny. There are some members who are level 9 or 10 that consistently post unintelligent answers.
There is a feature in the chat to follow your friend's posts but I wish there was something on the main page. Like when you answer questions, the drop box at the top has:
Top Rated Questions
Experts on Video
Why not put one called "Friend's Questions" so your high ranking friends can give their advice. I certainly would rather answer my friend's questions than mill through the commonly repeated ones from newer members.
"Do they like me..."
"How do I get them back..."
"How do I get back at them..."
"How do I look..."
"Am I pregnant?"
"Why won't they contact me..."
"When should I contact them..."
Maybe I just went on and on and there actually is a feature on here I haven't found yet. Sorry KarKingJack... I'll go investigate this suggestion further.
Actually I didn't get it at first, so I wasn't bothered. Then I just realized its pretty much like gamers that devote 20 hours a day to Warcraft or Dungeons and Dragons. Its just another thing that people devote time to. A lot of answers answered, a lot of questions asked. I'm starting to get addicted to this site because its new to me. I am upset that you assholes keep taking all the best answer's points though. Just saying. lol.
When I first started here they probably were but after a few months I don't think so. I know a lot of "Expert" users will or did answer just about anything and with little or no thought put into it. I personally don't do that. When March comes around next year I will be starting my 4th year here and I am only a level 9. lol
i never cared about the "expert" title. to me...its just like being on call of duty and having these dudes that have prestiged like 9 times and are a level 70 and here comes this measly level 14 to just crap all over their day. anyone know what I'm talking about? huh huh? free for all? no? lol...okay ill stop. :P
When I first started using this site, I maybe did. They actually seemed impersonal to me, almost like they were only advice machines and not people. But I stopped thinking like that and started seeing them as people who give advice, just like me.
What dose it real matter what level your at ask long as your having fun asking Questions or answer them some of them can be real fun and some can be real dumb some times but if you help one person then what do you real care what lever you are you have help them out with they troubles
level 9 no, I can take them any day, but level 10, they make me tremble with fear