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Question & Answer Websites
Question and answer websites have popped up all over
the Internet. These interactive sites are designed to
connect individuals, and help them get answers to questions.
We have compiled a list of some of the more popular
Question & Answers websites...
Yahoo! Answers is probably the largest and most respected
Question & Answer site on the web. You can ask questions
on any topic, or you can answer questions on any topic.
There are no fees to participate. The person asking
the question can indicate their choice for the best
answer, and the community can rate responses as well.
Points and levels are given for answering questions
and receiving top ratings. Questions are categorized,
making it easy to find questions and answers in your
area of expertise. The Q&A database is also searchable,
and you can filter the search results so that only open
or resolved questions are displayed.
Yahoo Answers - http://answers.yahoo.com/
Askville, powered by Amazon, is a community of people
who ask and answer questions. Unlike other Question
& Answer websites, Askville has a rich media component
that allows respondents to include videos, or an Amazon
suggestion, with their responses. Questions are categorized
and searchable, making them easy to locate in the Askville
Askville - http://askville.amazon.com/
AnswerBag is a traditional Question & Answer website.
The AnswerBag site is free to use, so you can ask and
answers questions of interest.
AnswerBag - http://www.answerbag.com/
Yedda/AOL Answers is a free Question & Answer community,
but on a smaller scale than some others. Unlike other
Q&A communities, which often restrict the length of
time you can respond to questions, Yedda lets you answer
questions for an unlimited period of time. Yedda also
displays related questions and answers in addition to
the question being replied to. New topics and associations
between topics are created dynamically by the Yedda
Yedda/AOL Answers - http://www.yedda.com/
Mahalo Answers is a Question & Answer website with a
twist -- Mahalo uses Mahalo dollars. Those asking questions
can define how much they will give for a good answer.
Top answerers receive Mahalo dollars.
Mahalo - http://www.mahalo.com/
BlurtIt is a standard Question & Answer website. You
can ask questions, find answers, and share your knowledge
with users from around the world.
BlurtIt - http://www.blurtit.com/
Are you an expert in a given field? Simply Explained
gives you the opportunity to share the knowledge and
expertise you might have in any subject, from Asbestos
through to Zinfandel, by answering questions relevant
to your field, posed by other Simply Explained users
from around the globe. You can choose which questions
to answer, and you will be ranked by other users according
to how helpful, accurate, and simple-to-understand your
Simply Explained - http://www.simplyexplained.com/
IMAnswers is a Question & Answer site with an internet
marketing focus. Posters can ask and respond to marketing
IMAnswers - http://www.imanswers.com/
AskMeHelpDesk is free-to-join site, and contains a wide
variety of questions and answers.
AskMeHelpDesk - http://www.askmehelpdesk.com/
Fixya is a community resource capable of providing relevant
and up-to-date troubleshooting data. FixYa is designed
for the do-it-yourself market, for individuals who want
to repair and improve upon their already-purchased possessions.
Individuals on Fixya can share real-world experience
and connect with others to provide practical advice
on a wide-range of topics from fixing cars, to cameras,
to iPhones, to printers, etc. FixYa participants (FixYans)
are part of a DIY revolution that helps empower techies,
tinkerers, and hobbyists around the world.
Fixya - http://www.fixya.com/
FunAdvice started with five categories and a simple
goal: to be the place where people could get or give
advice on personal relationships. Years later, the focus
has expanded to include more than twenty categories,
and FunAdvice has become a place where you can ask questions,
get answers, and make friends.
Fluther is a free Q&A collective that specializes in
getting fast answers from community members. Members
can ask and answer questions.
Fluther - http://www.fluther.com/
Uclue is a fee-based Question & Answer service. The
team of Uclue researchers will look over questions,
and one of them will likely 'lock' it and get to work
on an answer. If a researcher needs more information,
or if the fee isn't quite adequate for the amount of
work involved, the researcher will post a Clarification
Request, and the poster will be notified by email that
their input is being sought.
Uclue - http://www.uclue.com/
Answerology is a Question & Answer site that is designed
to help people improve relationships, whether it be
romantic partners, family, friends, or colleagues. It's
all about sharing experience and advice.
Answerology - http://www.answerology.com/
The only stupid questions are the ones left unasked.
Unasked is a learning community with questions and answers
for a variety of topics.
Unasked - http://www.unasked.com/
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds
and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for
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