Originally Posted by celegorm
Because who's going to want to do it if they need help ASAP? They answer the question and need to wait for on of the site team members to react. We do not have someone on call 24/7, 365 so if it's Christmas most of us will be out with families and not spend much (if any) time on the forum. But what about for areas of the world that don't celebrate? They'll have to wait a day on what might be a big issue just because we're not here. I'd rather sift through the extra 10-20%.
And these questions are not the same as getting asked questions in an interview IMO. At an interview you're being asked a question to see how you can help them. Here it's usually the other way around: they are looking to get help form us not help us.
If anything Seti's idea is the best because it doesn't negatively impact legitimate potential members like yours would.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think there are about a dozen site members. How many people a day on average sign up? Sure it's work, but anything worthwhile would require some effort to weed out. Have you polled the staff to see who'd volunteer to do the screening? As far as 24/7, 365 days a year, maybe you can have enough staff members to
take up the slack, maybe not but I don't see this of great importance because most applicants would understand that things slow up during holiday time anyways.
As far as losing good potential signups goes, there's always that risk but I believe it can be minimalized with proper screening questions and again most legitimate applicants would
understand when you explain the basis of the screening questions to them properly (just to let you know, I've done interviewing myself).
I don't have anything to add so you'll have to decide if my idea has merit.