I had used Scribd.com and in order to download anything they asked to upload and share something or pay for the download --- Now I feel this is a good business model especially when you are a startup and when you don't have any data on your website.
I am thinking of starting something similar to this business model - where a person needs to give something similar in order to get something from my website (lets say my website is a database of PowerPoint presentations and if someone wants to download any ppt he needs to upload some PowerPoint which he has). This way I think I can develop a good database because everyone who wants something is also giving something.
Now my question:
Is the above model a standard business model? if yes what is the name of such a model, I want to know so that I can study about it.
Are there some more website which you know that follow similar model?
Any one of you have any experience with this model? And what are its pros and cons? I can think of two drawbacks: a) people will not upload b) people will upload anything crappy. So are there any workarounds for this?