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"Expert" title

Out of curiosity, what does the "Expert" title attached to some peoples' profiles indicate and why is it not applied to some who could easily be considered as such? I guess I'm curious as to what are the criteria used to decide who is labeled an "Expert"?

You'll have to wait for John VanDyk to get a complete answer
but our understanding is that it is between contributor and editor. It allows experts to see full size images to help with IDs, but does not give authority to move images or edit info pages. But, we could be wrong... :)

But, but, but...
Expert sounds way cooler than editor.

It just happened
At first, there were just editors. But some experts started making valuable observations. It was necessary to make it possible for them to see full size images. Probably, some of them were not interested on becoming editors and taking other responsibilities. So the new category was created. At least, that is how I remember it.

Can we nominate ...
experts (#22390 for example), or does the member need to express interest themselves? Sometimes I notice members who deserve the label but don't have it.

I have suggested more than one expert to John, after checking the credentials. Most times, he accepts my request. You probably could do the same thing.

Not sure how folks become 'experts'
But you might drop him an email and see if he might be interested in either editor or expert. We could then pursue it with John VanDyk

He's interested ...
in being a Contributing Editor if you could pass that along. :)

Thanks! I've been wondering about it.
Unlike Senior Editors who reign supreme above all ;-)

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