[Bldg-sim] Model got you stumped? Ask questions, get answers, no distractions!

Marcus jones.0bj3 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 15 00:20:16 PST 2013

Hi all,

As a follower of multiple lists such as BLDG-SIM, TRNSYS, EnergyPlus, etc.,
I've often been frustrated with email support lists. For one, if you
subscribe late, you miss out on searching the archive of answers, leading
to questions being asked multiple times. Two, many questions spill across
multiple lists, also a redundancy.

I can see a real benefit in using the Stack Exchange model and the
connected potential for building a real online community of building
simulation professionals. The whole concept is based on voting for
questions and answers. Without this participation, the site cannot

With over 100 followers, this concept has momentum. If it is realized, it
will be a fundamental shift in how we all interact. Critically, it will
shift traffic away from the traditional tool Q&A lists, potentially
splitting user communities. This might influence how vendors communicate
with their users. How will you react?

I am an avid supporter of the idea, but we need an educated and community
supported transition, so please learn about this "new" technology, and ask

The proposal:

Right now, the proposal in the "definition" phase. What types of questions
define our community?

(Follow & Upvote!)

Marcus Jones,  M.Sc., LEED®AP BD+C
*Freelance energy consultant*
*Vienna, Austria

On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 6:45 PM, Neal Kruis <
neal.kruis at bigladdersoftware.com> wrote:

> Karen,
> Thanks for bringing this up. There are a few steps that you need to go
> through before you can vote:
> 1. Follow the site<http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/45232/building-performance-simulation-analysis>(this requires that you enter an email address)
> [image: Inline image 3]
> 2. Confirm your address (an email will automatically be generated and sent
> to the address you enter)
> 3. Register for an account (until you register you will have only 1
> reputation point)
> [image: Inline image 2]
> 4. After you register you will be given 50 more points and
> the privilege to vote. This also gives you a chance to change your name
> from the generic userXXXXX.
> It may take a while for the Stack Exchange servers to update and get
> everything ready for you to participate. It looks like you now have 51
> points and you've used all 5 of your votes. Let me know if you are still
> having trouble.
> Thanks,
> Neal Kruis
> 828 482-2088
> Big Ladder Software
> 2549 Irving Street
> Denver, CO 80211
> http://www.bigladdersoftware.com
> On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 10:12 AM, Karen Walkerman <kwalkerman at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Hi Neal,
>> I applaud you for this effort, and I just signed in to take part.
>>  However, the StackOverflow point system is very frustrating.  The site
>> fluctuates between telling me that I have a reputation of 51, and then a
>> reputation of 1.  I was able to upvote a few questions, but now the site
>> thinks that I have a reputation of 1, and so I can't take part in the
>> discussion.  I'm not sure if others have had the same experiences, but I'd
>> be curious to know.  I know that you are limited to the number of votes you
>> can cast over the course of a day, but do you loose "reputation" for
>> upvoting other posts?
>> --
>> Karen
>> On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 11:08 AM, Neal Kruis <
>> neal.kruis at bigladdersoftware.com> wrote:
>>> Dear fellow energy modelers,
>>> *
>>> *
>>> *We (myself and more than 100 other modelers) want to make answers more
>>> accessible to the building energy modeling community. There are many venues
>>> (usually forums or mailing lists like this one) where modelers are
>>> already asking questions, but, though these services include an archive of
>>> all previous questions, answers, discussions, and announcements, they lack
>>> the organization and structure to make the knowledge base of answers easily
>>> accessible.*
>>> *
>>> The computer programming community has faced this same problem and has
>>> come up with a solution called stackoverflow.com<http://stackoverflow.com/about>,
>>> a website that focuses entirely on providing answers. The Stack Overflow
>>> platform relies on the community to up-vote good answers to increase the
>>> visibility for others who may ask the same question in the future. When
>>> others vote for your answers you gain "reputation points" that help
>>> establish your expertise in the community, which in turn provides a better
>>> incentive to provide answers even to the most beginner-level questions.
>>> Since launching in 2008, Stack Overflow has been extremely successful:
>>> boasting 17 million unique visitors and 8.3 million answers! The success of
>>> Stack Overflow has led to several other question and answer sites<http://stackexchange.com/sites>from
>>> photography <http://photo.stackexchange.com/> to cooking<http://cooking.stackexchange.com/>to Jewish
>>> law <http://judaism.stackexchange.com/>, all using the same platform as
>>> Stack Overflow and successfully supporting their respective communities.
>>> We would like to do the same for the building energy modeling community,
>>> but before we can launch a fully functional site we need your help to prove
>>> that we have a large enough active community to support such a site and to
>>> help establish the scope of support the site will offer. This is the only
>>> requirement to use Stack Oveflow's platform; it is completely free and open
>>> to the public.
>>> Please visit our proposal:
>>> http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/45232/building-performance-simulation-analysis
>>> <http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/45232/building-performance-simulation-analysis>
>>> If you'd like to support this effort you can do so by:
>>> 1. Joining the site<http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/45232/building-performance-simulation-analysis>(100+ followers and counting!)<http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/45232/building-performance-simulation-analysis>
>>> 2. Up-voting questions that help establish the scope of our community
>>> (We need 40 questions with 10+ votes to move to the next phase. Please
>>> consider voting for questions that do not yet have 10 votes!)
>>> 3. Proposing your own example questions
>>> 4. Spreading the word to your friends and colleagues!
>>> For further reading:
>>> - Blog post at openrevit.com: A Building Energy Performance Simulation
>>> Q&A site that will change your life!<http://openrevit.com/2013/01/a-building-energy-performance-simulation-qa-site-that-will-change-your-life/>
>>> - How Stack Overflow works: http://stackoverflow.com/about
>>>  <http://stackoverflow.com/about>
>>> Thank you!*
>>> Neal Kruis
>>> 828 482-2088
>>>  Big Ladder Software
>>> 2549 Irving Street
>>> Denver, CO 80211
>>> http://www.bigladdersoftware.com
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