Though Yahoo Answers isn’t brand spanking new, it’s creating some interest amongst social networkers – at least, according to ABC News, who weigh up its pros and cons in quite a lengthy article.
Yahoo Answers is a free service whereby anyone with a Yahoo account can post questions and provide answers. These are then all grouped together and people can vote on which is the best answer.
It works on a points system – you can only view a certain number of answers each day, but you can also earn points by answering other people’s questions (I’m not sure how or if this is vetted)
Google have a service called Google Answers, but this is a paid service that relies on real experts and researchers, rather than the general public.
Yahoo Answers is supposed to work in a bubble fashion – the best answers float to the top and the power of large-scale social voting and policing takes care of the rubbish – like rude or banal questions and equally suspect answers.
Sceptics of the service say that there just aren’t enough people willing to donate their knowledge for free, and (as with critics of Wikipedia) the results can’t be relied upon.
What do you think about this social knowledge base?