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Destination? Experts

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Destination? Experts

How can TripAdvisor use the term 'Destination Expert' for such things as Train Travel? Seems odd. On a similar point, does this also mean that the 'Expert' is expert for the whole world? That is ridiculous.

Perhaps as others have said elsewhere, the days of Destination Experts are done, and they should be retired.

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11. Re: Destination? Experts

Thanks for the reply TA Sara, you say, "No, we don't think that our non-geo forum DEs are worldwide experts! A DE for a non-geo forum is an expert for that forum, just as a DE for Boston is an expert for the Boston forum."

But, the non-geo experts still don't make sense when it comes to seeing the tag on their 'profile'. Sorry, but it makes no sense whatsoever. Much better in that case to show them as Destination Expert 'Train Travel Forum' for example, if you feel you must use the 'Expert' tag. Maybe add 'Forum' to all 'Expert' tags?

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12. Re: Destination? Experts

A Sara, you said:

>>>>>Why, you ask? Well, DE is the well-known name for the group of volunteers who help other travelers on TA, and we think it works better to refer to ALL of our volunteers with the same term.<<<<<<

What about the other group of volunteers? The silent majority who cheerfully dish out just as helpful/useful/friendly information as the DEs? Sounds like they/we don't count.

>>>>>>>>>No, we don't think that our non-geo forum DEs are worldwide experts! A DE for a non-geo forum is an expert for that forum, just as a DE for Boston is an expert for the Boston forum.<<<<<<<<<<

YOU at TA may not think so but the new user may well think so.

How is a DE for a non geo forum an expert for that forum? What forum are they expert for?

Someone with the DE of Train Travel, for example, what are they expert in? What country does their expertise cover? How is the TA user meant to know what that person's expertise is?

How can a person be an expert for Train Travel? Budget Travel? Etc...What forum are we talking about here?

I am sorry to push this but, with all due respect, it is not humanly possible for one person to be an expert in worldwide Train Travel or worldwide Budget travel. It is disingenuous of TA to suggest such a possibility.

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15. Re: Destination? Experts

As a DE for a non-destination I help people where I can by providing information and tips. Where I have no experience, I don't reply.

I use my significant experience and knowledge of airlines and air travel to provide reassurance, suggestions, and flying tips.

I received DE designation after a few people were thankful enough for the tips and information I provided and I agreed to pay attention to the forum. Though I have been at the highest level of elite on several airlines for many years and likewise for a few hotel chains, I don't believe I have all the answers. Nobody on the boards has that capacity. I also have extensive knowledge on Alberta, The Hague, and Paris and will contribute to those fora as appropriate.

Look at the designation as saying the person has a history of providing well received tips and advice. That is all. It does not nor should it cast aspersions on others. Consider it an ebay-type record of satisfaction.

As for Train travel, yes, indeed there are world experts on that topic and we are lucky to have some knowledgible people participating here. Train travel is a particular niche. People knowledgible in that usually know the good trains around the world... it seems to be one of those obsessive areas.

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16. Re: Destination? Experts

..leave it.. But first a comment from a DE for Outdoor/adventure travel.

No Im not a world wide expert.

But I have a lot of experience in this style of travel.I've overland trucked.I've camped around India's bush.I've stayed in Mongolian gers.I've slept on the ground in and built rock walls in Namibia.I've got 3 friend's climbing mountains all around this globe, cruised Antarctica,.Got friends who have cycled Laos , NZ and Europe.We're off as a family on a wildlife project in Namibia soon.We're planning 4 weeks in Ethiopia.We've travelled on adventure tours in many countries.We've Contiki'ed around Europe.etc, etc

This is a greatly different style of travel than resorts,escorted tours, luxury hotels, or cruising.(Done that too)

Adventure travel is one of the growth areas of travel(if any travel is growing these days)More and more people are throwing a pack on their back and taking off, on a budget trip around this world.

And many of the fundamentals are the same wherever they travel around this world.

So when asked to be a DE I declined a Destination status, and suggest a topic ,either voluntourism or adventure travel.

I'm also a highly respected moderator of a very popular adventure travel forum.

I have a lot of experience and tips to offer.Sadly that forum is not getting the type of questions that I should be answering.But it's relatively new, hopefully will grow and become more active.To do that, it will need good forum DE"s.

Finally this comment from a poster- it is not humanly possible for one person to be an expert in worldwide Train Travel or worldwide Budget travel.

As with all forums, individual DE's cannot ever be expected to know it all.It is the combined input from all DE's and members that makes a succesful site.

That principle applies equally to non destination forums.

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17. Re: Destination? Experts

Please disregard my opening sentence.Has no relevance.

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18. Re: Destination? Experts

GeoM and jimshu, excellent responses. You both bring unique knowledge and perspective. While "Destination" may not be the correct terminology for "Outdoor Travel" or "Airline Travel" it happens to be TA-speak. I'm sure most users of TA, even the most desultory, would understand. And I'm sure that TA wants to be consistent in its terminology.

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19. Re: Destination? Experts

I would suggest the term 'Topic Enthusiast' may be more universal and less of a we/them perpective.

And less implying that one has to know everything.

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20. Re: Destination? Experts

The term "Destination Expert" is a bit of a joke on some of these forums. How does being to an area once make a person a destination expert.

It "appears" that there is not much of a screening process going on at the TA supervisor level. I have seen some Destination Experts with fewer than 200 posts and one stay at an all inclusive.