Working in an organization where your coworkers like to share information and knowledge.

What can we call someone who likes to share knowledge when asked?

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    Can you be a bit more specific? There is something like know-it-all, but that has a negative connotation, which I think might not be what you want. Jun 25 '18 at 8:38
  • A walking encyclopedia is a good term for someone who has a vast store of knowledge and is open to sharing.
    – mankowitz
    Jun 25 '18 at 8:43
  • A Stack Exchanger! :)
    – Lawrence
    Jun 25 '18 at 11:58
  • Thanks for answering, I mean if i can put 2 different situation: 1. When you ask someone about something and reply with a short answer. 2. Get your answer plus some additional information that you didn't ask for. So how would we describe the second one?
    – zi9o
    Jun 27 '18 at 18:49

forthcoming (ODO)

2.1 Willing to divulge information.
‘Of course doctors and receptionists should be forthcoming with this information.’
‘I immediately liked the fact that he was open and forthcoming.’

O'Neill, "User-Developer Cooperation in Software Development," p.198:

Users were very forthcoming with information, proposals, requests and so on, freely using the shared external models to frame and …

  • I think forthcoming would be the answer but, would you agree that we could use the same word for someone who talks about irrelevant stuff after giving an answer?
    – zi9o
    Jun 27 '18 at 18:58
  • @zi9o "who talks about irrelevant stuff" -- just discard the fluff and pick up the content, maybe. But where does that sense come from for the word forthcoming? I don't think it has any connotations of "going on and on" or digressing.
    – Kris
    Jun 28 '18 at 7:20

I think someone who shares knowledge, when asked, is 'communicative'.

willing to talk to people and give them information:


tending to communicate : talkative

Merriam Webster

Election Commission needs to be more communicative

The Quint - 30 May 2018

Communicative Competence in Business English

B M H Robinson - publication


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