Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about ExpertHub

Does ExpertHub only have content written by PrepScholar certified experts?

ExpertHub is an inclusive community that welcomes anyone to post questions and answers. The community, including potential community moderators, help maintain the quality of the content here. While PrepScholar answer a number of questions, it does not vet every single question and answer. Think of this less like an official guide, and more like a forum of experts.

Why does PrepScholar users ask questions as if they are students? May I ask questions for friends?

PrepScholar team members will sometimes post both questions and answers. This is because we source our questions from many places, including emails we get, comments we receive, and soforth. We then re-adapt the question and ask them in a way that is helpful for our audience overall.

Likewise, you should feel free to ask real questions that not only you have, but also other friends have. You can adapt the details to encourage better answers. However, we do not encourage completely made up questions that bears no similarity to an actual question someone actually has.

How is a ExpertHub different from a typical forum?

ExpertHub is different from a typical forum because it focuses on finding answers to the questions of its members. A typical forum, by contrast, operates more like a discussion group, where people are free to give their opinions and topics tend to be more subjective.

By keeping a laser focus on questions and answers, this community ensures that finding answers to existing questions - and getting answers to new questions - can be done without any distractions.

May I ask questions about PrepScholar itself here?

You may ask general questions about the PrepScholar program, but this community is intended to provide generally good information for ACT / SAT prep. Therefore, all questions about specific cases, or all content that doesn't provide objective information will be deleted. All positive reviews, negative reviews, and opinion pieces about PrepScholar or any other content is not appropriate for a site like this.

I offer a service related to ACT / SAT preparation, may I mention it?

You are welcome to mention your service once in your profile, but you should not make promotional posts or directly refer to your service in the content you generate here.

What kinds of questions can I ask here?

You can ask any question having to do with SAT prep, ACT prep, or college admissions overall.

Other questions will be taken on a case-by-case basis, which will generally correlate with:

  • How helpful is the question for the audience?
  • How much expertise does the expert community have in answering it here?
  • How confusing will it be to people who are here browsing for ACT / SAT help?

What kinds of questions should be avoided?

Again, ExpertHub is not a forum, so don't ask questions that are: - Too subjective (what's your favorite SAT prep book?) - Conducive to very short answers. - Argumentative.

If ExpertHub's explicit policies don't conflict, a good guide is the StackOverflow Guide to Good Questions.

What should I avoid in my answers?

ExpertHub - it is not a discussion group. Please avoid holding debates in your answers as they tend to dilute the essence of questions and answers. For brief discussions please use commenting facility.

Why are email notifications so important?

Email notifications are the bedrock of a successful question and answer community. These notifications allow community members to be notified of important events, such as:

Who moderates this community?

The short answer is: you. This website is moderated by the user moderators along with PrepScholar team members.

Why do I see numbers near people's names?

The numbers reflect "karma" a measure of how trusted the user is in the community.

How does the karma system work?

When a question or answer is upvoted, the user who posted them will gain some points, which are called "karma points". These points serve as a rough measure of the community trust in him/her. Various moderation tasks are gradually assigned to the users based on those points. Karma may be manually adjusted by PrepScholar team members to more accurately reflect contribution and integrity on the site.

For example, if you ask an interesting question or give a helpful answer, your input will be upvoted. On the other hand if the answer is misleading, it will be downvoted. Each vote in favor will generate points, and each voice against will lose points.

To participate in this community, do I need to create new account?

Yes, you should create an account to ask questions.

Why can other people can edit my questions/answers?

Allowing experienced members of this community to curate the questions and answers improves the overall quality of the knowledge base content. Participating in ExpertHub requires acknowledgment that your answers should be formed in ways to help the community the most.

Still have questions?

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