As part of Textkit’s 2011 commitment to developing new tools which will better serve Greek and Latin learners, Textkit has launched a new tool called Textkit Answers. Textkit Answers is a social question and answer tool much like StackExchange or Yahoo! Answers. Our Q&A platform is an open sourced PHP script developed by Question2Answer.org.
There are a number of ways in which Textkit Answers is different from a traditional forum. A key difference is that it’s very easy to post a question and posting a question requires no registration. When it is time to create an account, our tool offers extremely easy and fast registration by making use of Facebook’s Login API. Another difference is that unlike a forum where information is structured by topic, with Q&A tools information is tagged by keyword and category. Tagging, in addition to RSS feeds, allows learners and experts to easily monitor specific topics and syndicate topics.
With Textkit Answers, there is a reputation system whereby those who answer questions and vote earn reputation points which will then further grant them privileges and bragging rights. We are very grateful for the script provided by Question2Answer.org, however, the script is still very new and does lack a few features that we would like to bring online in the future. These features include badges and advanced privileges based upon activity. Still, we are off to a great start.
The goal of Textkit Answers is to provide a much easier tool and community repository for topics on The Classics and learning Ancient Greek and Latin. All questions and answers hosted on Textkit Answers will be made public domain and licensed under a Creative Commons license.
In the weeks ahead, we’ll be making some structural changes to both Textkit and our Forums in order to better support Textkit Answers. We ask now that if you like this project and would like to see it grow, please join us and help spread the word.