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Ask Questions. Get Stupid Answers.
Member Name: SmilingBuddha
Advantages: Some answers are good.
Disadvantages: Most answers are bad.
If you're not familiar with Yahoo answers (although you should be, since it clogs up Google searches like a sticky mould) it's a simple concept. People ask questions. People answer them. And you get points.
My main problem - and it's a big one - is the appalling answers.
I've noticed the quality of answers tends to vary by the type of question. Questions regarding politics, history or race tend to be answered with immense stupidity whereas questions about technology, computers and maths tend to be answered accurately. So vaguely speaking, the more opinionated the question allows them to be, the more stupid the answers you will get. However, you can get idiotic or abusive answers even with mundane questions.
Here's a not untypical response to a question asked politely by a girl called Sammi who wanted to know how she could change her name without incurring the wrath of her parents. Not an unreasonable question yet the first puzzling response is "your a spoilt brat Samantha and any variation of that name is great"
If you want shock/hilarity just look up any question related to race or politics then marvel at the palpable ignorance.
My second problem - it's near impossible to tell how qualified someone's answer is. This can be irritating if two articulate people are giving you totally contrasting answers. There's a "Top Contributor" feature which they give to active members but I've seen them give out stupid answers as well, so it's hardly foolproof.
There's also a source box but they can write whatever they want in there without consequence ("I'm a doctor, I've been to the moon, I used to be the president etc. etc.") so it's effectively pointless.
Other features include a points system which attempts to encourage activity by awarding points to level up like some terrible RPG. However once you reach Level 2 and can rate other answers, there's little point in going on.
Summary: There are better places to go for answers.
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