Should Hobo Experts Answer Questions
Atakpame, Togo West Africa
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
HoboTraveler.com site has developed a way for experts to answer questions easily, just by responding to emails. Each email answer is posted or filed in a way readers can find, therefore another reader does not need to sift through piles of comments to find their answers. There is a logical filing system or the hope of one.
A Forum can be great; however, for a person like me who is using the Internet and is paying in an internet café a forum is not good. I need to know today, not tomorrow, or at least soon, and the hope of help.
- How do I get a Visa to Cameroon? -
A good place to find the personal answer is the Lonely Planet Thorntree Forum.
I can find the answer to this question, how to get a Visa to Cameroon in this forum, and if I pushed, I would know the answer to this question after say about two weeks, for the Congo, maybe never. If for France, Peru, or common country, where I do not need an answer, today. A form is random and impossible to find answer, and amazingly they delete old and very good answers because of age of the post, more of a social network than a way to find good answers.
I have questions, which only an expert can see or understand all the implications and give a broad open answer with options.
Here is an example, I have asked many travelers, how to do I fly from Europe to West Africa, this is an expensive path to travel.
I asked a Peace Corps person how to fly from Europe to Togo and she said,
- Air France. -
She said something like, I flew with American Airlines to Paris and then with Air France to Lome, Togo.
I think… to myself, Oops, I asked the wrong person, then she goes on to explain how easy it was to buy the ticket, all the travel agents sell them and how many flights per day or something. Then she tells me Air Franc is the Airlines the Peace Corps uses to fly to Africa.
I think to myself,
-- There goes my tax dollars! ---
I say nothing; I wanted to end the conversation.
A better answer would have been Air Moroc, and one-third the cost or something.
If she would have said,
I would start to think, she knows a lot, if she gave me some real weird option like take a charter flight to Agadez, Niger, then go by Togo Embassy bus from Niamey to Lome, I would say, voila, an expert on Flights in Africa.
When I ask what the best way to fly is, I mean and imply, what is the cheapest, not what is easy and expensive. I am always amazed a person will recommend a flight that cost more than 1000 US or one that cost 3000. I semi-think anyone who pays more than about 1500 Dollars round-trip for a ticket anywhere on the planet is somebody I have a bridge to sell too.
I can find some experts with no agendas, who love to help, and they can earn money with the ads that surround the post. The contextual advertisements will give them some small cash, and eventually big cash. The person can help to drive traffic to their only pages and we weave two sites together, or many site together. This would allow me lend my skill of making good SEO pages for the search engine, and allow the person to be an expert, and not think about how to make pages.
The task here for me, is to find experts who will not lie to make money, that do not have a money agenda that overwhelms them to give bad advice in the hope of money.
I think I have the technology and now I need to find the people, I am asking for opinions and ideas here, if you want to write to me personally, write the help center.
This is also the area of the site where I could put Experts to answer the questions.
I need these experts, I need expert advice, an expert is an expert on one area of focus, not the whole planet of questions.
Should Hobo Experts Answer Questions