According to a paper entitled Visualizing the Signatures of Social Roles in Online Discussion Groups published in the Journal of Social Structure, the authors assert that 2% of the online forum or usenet culture consists of “answer” people who spend a disproportionate amount of time answering questions for the online public at large.
This Blog at Variocreative.com makes interesting reading and suggests that these people are of extreme importance within social networks and that quality of the community is often directly related to the quality of the “answer” people – especially in small niche communities.
Are you one of them?
What value do you add to online communities?
I’ve asked the same question at this link on Ecademy to see what happens…