Re: Wisdom of the Crowd
Some of the people in this particular crowd are medical researchers, doctors, and other healthcare professionals, @Terry. And the way the software works is to determine the "odds," if you will, that some advice is better-suited than others. The more people who recommend an approach, the likelier it is to have an element of truth to it. Or the better-suited the individuals' providing answers are, the likelier it is that their response is correct vs. someone who has no training or personal experience in that particular condition. There's a lot of science in the wisdom of the crowd software at the back of this solution. Now, whether that's going to be correct all the time, who knows! The exec told me their tests and research were very strong -- but i doubt he'd have said otherwise. I'd be really interested in seeing external, unbiased research on the company's software and crowdsourced approach.
Either way, unless the crowd recommends a wait and see attitude or something like hot tea with lemon, most of those posing questions will go to their doctors. Since the site recommends people offer a reward of about $250, I'd think those posing questions are at their wits' end with the traditional approach and have already seen several doctors in search of a diagnosis.