October 10, 2012
Over the last couple of months we noticed that a lot of people on Twitter were asking variations of the same questions about WordPress but had no way of comparing or collaborating on the answers. After helping several of these people with everything from the CSS of a theme, to recommended WordPress hosting, to the difference between self-hosted WordPress and WordPress.com, we decided to dig deeper and explore a way to get the questions and their answers into one place and accessible to anyone who needed them. Enter the Twitter hashtag #WPQA.
Since we don’t all have access to everyone’s twitter streams, have time to look at everyone’s tweets or even know who to ask in most cases, we just tweet the WordPress question and wait. It’s literally a shot in the dark. If you have 5 followers and none of them know about WordPress, chances are, your WordPress related question will go unanswered.
Those tweeters that have a ton of followers sometimes get an answer but unless an expert is actively looking for their question, it’s a likely chance that the questions go unanswered and the issue goes unresolved. This can lead to lots of frustration and bad results from un-informed decisions.
This whole situation just re-enforces the confusion surrounding WordPress in general and as mentioned before, some questions never get answered at all. THIS IS BAD.
In an effort to help fight this growing issue, we recently launched the #WPQA hashtag on Twitter which we actively monitor to make sure the questions, issues, concerns, etc. posted with it, get addressed.
#WPQA stands for WordPress Questions and Answers
This hashtag represents an effort to capture and address WordPress questions, issues, concerns, etc. all in one place, which can be easily found, searched and used by anyone on Twitter. Our goal is to ensure that WordPress questions get addressed, regardless of whether a WordPress expert is following the user asking the question. This will hopefully alleviate some of the confusion and help users, developers, and others make more educated decisions regarding WordPress.
To post your question to the #WPQA list you just include #WPQA in your tweet. That’s all. When an answer is posted to your question, you will be mentioned and the tweet will also contain the #WPQA hashtag so everything stays together.
To find all of the questions and answers posted to the #WPQA list, just search “WPQA” or “wpqa” and all of the posts tagged with #WPQA will be shown.
You can help the cause by just telling your Twitter followers to use the #WPQA hashtag when tweeting a WordPress question and also by using it yourself. Easy peasy.
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