Why do you think this project will succeed? Haven’t there been other efforts of this before? 

No one has yet made an effective attempt to leverage the strengths of the Internet to improve the quality of information we consume, in regards to CNG / Natural Gas industry. In essence, we are bringing crowd-sourced peer-review to the event horizon where information is produced. To encourage quality, we will employ a reputation framework.

Do you really think that people have disposition, patience or qualifications to participate in this way? 

Yes, we do. Think of Wikipedia. Most of us have never edited a single Wikipedia entry yet we read tens or even hundreds of them a month. 1% is the number frequently quoted as the ratio between contributors and consumers in that community. Frankly, we’re surprised it’s that high, and we think we can easily survive on that ratio. Also, using cngsmart.com will be substantially easier than editing a Wikipedia page, so we expect (but don’t need) participation from a higher percentage of readers than other tools.

Won’t people try to play the system?

Yes, we are certain they will. It’s part of human nature. In fact, the more effective the system, the more sophisticated we expect the attempts to game it will be. Minimizing and monitoring for playing over the long-term are primary design considerations. Reputation in distributed systems is a mature field of study. Our system allows visitors to post their questions and have them answered by fellow members. Any visitor can post answers to these questions which are then voted on by the community until a “correct” answer is chosen by the question author. Some of the world’s experts in this field are among the team members and advisers.

Doesn’t it require participation of a large number of people to succeed? How do you create that at the beginning?

This is true of any large community site or marketplace. Ebay, Craigslist, Yelp, Match.com and any site that relies on “network effect” faces the same catch-22 at launch: the utility of the service only happens after a certain scale.

Here are three approaches we propose to solve this problem – 1) create a tool that’s useful even before the larger community arrives, 2) engage pools of experts that are willing to help jump start quality analysis, and 3) drive sufficient traffic to create critical mass. We have considerable expertise in these areas and will pursue these strategies as well as others in order to get the job done.

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What are the incentives for other sites to be linked to cngsmart.com?
We hope to see www.cngsmart.com becoming the most recognized open question board for the industry in the nearest future. This along will stimulate a lot of interest for other companies to use the knowledge displayed on the website and link/advertise on cngsmart.com. However, we don’t expect or need sites to enable any of the functionality we will offer. The system will use a range of interfaces, including a browser plug-in, URL shorteners, a destination site and other approaches to wrap existing web content with our toolkit. We’ll also publish an API for third party developers and websites. In the future, mobile apps will also be developed for iphone, ipad and android devices.
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