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Not so fair points system

Hello Experts,

Just want to share with you some thoughts on the EE's points system. I don't think how is it now that represents well our expertise's areas.

For example, I have points in 93 (!?) topic areas and for sure I'm not an expert in all of those areas. I consider myself expert in SQL Server and with very good knowledge in others RDBMS and VB. Also not so bad knowledge in Windows and Office tools. But stops here.
So why I got points in 93 topics areas? Because many of the questions that I answer it's tagged in more than one topic so when I give the right answer I get points in all those topics areas.
I think the points system should let the Expert chose only one topic area where he or she will get the points. For me it's more fair and will give a real image of our expertise areas. Don't you think so?

I would like to hear from you about this subject.
Thanks,

Vitor
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Actually quite often
In topics you are not versed in?
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Gary2014-12-15 09:14 AMID: 138267
A few times yes, which surprises since I'm no where near the top of the leaderboard in those zones, if I'm on the leaderboard at all.
Think it's more likely because I've answered their questions in the past in other zones and they think I know everything!
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Nick672014-12-15 09:30 AMID: 138270
Think it's more likely because I've answered their questions in the past in other zones and they think I know everything!
A polite and logical mind is a thing of beauty, and something to cherish.
If you've proven trustworthy in the past, there is some hope that you will prove so in the future!
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COBOLdinosaur2014-12-15 10:24 AMID: 138272
I'm like Gary I get email request every week.  I think users get comfortable with a familiar face. I also get project proposal a couple of times a month even though I do not have "hire me" activated.  I both those situations the requests come from users  who I have helped on the site.

If I wasn't retired I could probably make a modest living off of the EE related requests I get.

Cd&
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John2014-12-15 10:33 AMID: 138273
If I wasn't retired I could probably make a modest living off of the EE related requests I get.

My doctor said I am totally healthy and should keep working even though I am well past retirement age. So I do and make a comfortable consulting income from my customers.

So I do not have the Hire Me button enabled. But like you, I could probably earn money in here.
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COBOLdinosaur2014-12-15 11:44 AMID: 138283
By retired, I don't mean idle; just not trolling for new clients.  I have enough legacy business to keep a bunch of people working. Current projects extend out to 2018.  However the real difference is that when I want to go fishing, pub-crawling, etc... I just do and my managers make sure everything still gets done.  As for the clients I have made it clear to them that I don't ned to be on their site every day for things to get done right, and when there is a "real" problem there is a device called a phone that I carry around with me.

Cd&
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