How would you present your employment if you are working for a question and answer website like StackExchange (employer) and your job is to answer questions in a specific subject like Physics?

  • I didn't know this was a profession/employment. Who is the employer who pays for this?
    – herisson
    Aug 31, 2015 at 3:33
  • You might call yourself a "Physics Stack Exchange [Question] Answerer" which, I'm sure, will open up an interesting conversation.
    – Jim
    Aug 31, 2015 at 3:47
  • Broke, with too much time on their hands. I mean, hey, this is fun—but it's not a profession, because it doesn't pay. At best, it's a harmless hobby; at worst, an insidious addiction. Aug 31, 2015 at 7:43
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    "Harmless drudge" is, I believe, the traditional and preferred term, at least for ELU.
    – deadrat
    Aug 31, 2015 at 9:02
  • "Mythical beast" is the proper term.
    – Hot Licks
    Sep 1, 2015 at 21:16

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The generic term of on-line consultant may be preceeded by the speciality, i.e. "Physics".

  • You mean "on-line" physics consultant? Sep 2, 2015 at 1:59
  • I was thinking at "physics on-line consultant", but your formulation is good as well. I don't know which sounds better.
    – Graffito
    Sep 2, 2015 at 9:42


I have been getting quite frustrated with the growing number of people who, when you ask them what they do, say "I'm a consultant" -- and then when you ask them to elaborate, they are incapable of describing what they do in 25 words or less. So -- jump on the bandwagon!


Such a person might have a job title: "Subject Matter Expert -- Physics" or "Physics Subject Matter Expert". Another job title might emphasize their role in the on-line community: "Community Leader -- Physics".

There are many other possible titles that are more fanciful and whimsical. For example: "Physics Guru" or "Oracle of Physics" or "Master Physicist".

  • None of these offer any hint that their job is answering questions on Stack Exchange.
    – Jim
    Aug 31, 2015 at 5:05
  • Job titles do not usually mention the employer. Also job titles are often more general and more abstract than the duties involved. Thus, "Developer Evangelist" is more general and abstract than the tasks, which basically involve holding meetings, answering questions, going to conferences, etc. Aug 31, 2015 at 8:08
  • Expert is a title that can only be awarded by others, let alone that it has nothing to do with a 'profession'. Aug 31, 2015 at 13:14
  • @TimLymington There are many job titles that contain words that, outside of that context, would not seem appropriate for self-attribution. Also, there are many companies that have job titles that include: "Subject Matter Expert" or "Expert" in some form, including consulting companies and publishers. Aug 31, 2015 at 17:22
  • @MrMeritology could you give some examples of jobs whose titles would not seem appropriate for self attribution? Being an English teacher I am curious to know if others think I shouldn't be calling myself that. Sep 2, 2015 at 1:12

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