A concept that will help both the "answerers" and the "questioners." Why don't Socratic developers add a website-like format where Socratic members build a website on ways of solving problems?

What I was imagining was Socratic making a part of its site into more like Wikipedia so that a person won't ask one specific question. Instead, people can put some example problems and ways to solve them, so that people fully understand. I've been at Socratic for a few months and have been seeing people straight up copying their whole homework and asking for people to solve it for them. This new forum-like concept can reduce these people and help them understand better. We can also put some sort of button in the forum so that if a person still doesn't understand the topic, it links the person to the Socratic that we have currently, a question and answer forum, for the specific question to be solved.

Add a part of Socratic where it is like Wikipedia, which teaches the ways and the methods of solving and not just give the answers.

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Mar 30, 2018



... that's not really Socratic's niche. The whole purpose of the site, i.e. why the team created it in the first place, is to complement sites like Wikipedia and Khan Academy and provide students with a safe place where they can ask questions.

In other words, Socratic was designed to be a Q&A website, not another version of Wikipedia.

That being said, contributors can tackle conceptual problems if they want, there are plenty of those floating around. Moreover, contributors can also add videos that deal with how to tackle a certain problem or concept.

At the top of every topic page, you will see a section dedicated to videos. Here contributors can upload their videos on general concepts and examples of how to apply them.

Now, does this Q&A format allow people to cheat on their homework? Of course, but if you cheat on your homework, that's really your problem, not ours.

Socratic is not just about the student who is asking the question, it's also about all the students from all over the world who will use that question and its answer(s) to learn.

For every person that asks a question on Socratic, we get hundreds who read the answer. And this number will continue to increase as time goes by.

Socratic is for the future, not for the students who may or may not want to cheat on their homework. Don't get me wrong, we don't want to help anyone cheat, but that's bound to happen given the way the site is structured.

However, the benefits of having tens of thousands of example problems and conceptual problems available to everyone, everywhere for free far outweigh the idea that some kids are cheating on their homework.

As a final note, there's always a chance that the team will decide to expand the site to include Wikipedia-like sections. Socratic didn't start like that, but that doesn't mean that it can't go that route at some point in the future.