I use expert exchange and I find it very useful. I get answers within 30 minutes and their search function is very useful. yes I pay $12.95 but it's well worth it. Searching using Google sometimes is time consuming and my time's worth searching during the month is a ton more than $12.95.
If you guys can offer it for free that would be great. But if you're going to put ads everywhere as your business model, I would rather pay the $12.95. I just need something that works and is useful. Expert exchange is a service and I don't mind paying for a useful service.
So is this why you left your jon at Vertigo.. to launch a free site?
I am not sure how you're making a living out of this.
I didn't like Joel's post much. You shouldn't have a problem with a service charging money if you think you could do better and the ex-ex site doesn't claim every answer is coming from an 'expert'. As an IT professional, I know when an answer is worth its salt. There are many times when I just can't remember something and answers I see there direct me to the correct way.
Sometimes I don't feel like spending more than 5 minutes searching for
an answer and I would just post a question as an easy way out and I have infinite points.
Your new site will need to take its time to build a useful database full of knowledge so in the beginning to me, searches on it will return nothing.
Anyways, congrats and I am looking forward to using it.