Here are a bunch of websites to help you find answers to all your questions:
AnswerBag is similar to Yahoo Answers except the questions are always open for answering. They have a community of over 175,000 members posting and answering questions on a variety of subjects. You can ask any type of question from shopping advice to medical questions. It’s a shame this site isn’t as popular as Yahoo Answers. It definitely deserves to be.
Askville is Amazon.com’s version of Yahoo Answers. It’s a very simple website that acts much like all the others. You post a question and wait for an answer. Nothing really unique here.
Bitwine is a pay-per-call service that allows you to use Skype to ring up an expert about whatever topic you’re interested in. It’s free to make the calls, and charges only begin after you and the expert agree on a price. The BitWine website makes it very easy to find bios and reviews about the various experts in their directory. Check out their tutoring section . . .
Ether.com is a place where experts are available 24-hours a day to answer whatever question you might have. Instead of posting your question in a forum, you call a free phone number (1-888-MY-ETHER) and you pay to talk to an expert (per minute). The only problem with this website is that it’s a bit difficult to find a list of people to ask questions to. The only way to find an expert is to sort through their directory of blogs. This is not a very user-friendly way to find help.
FunAdvice.com is a social question and answer website where you can post questions, share photos, tag content, join groups your interested in, and so much more. It also tries to connect you with users in your area. It’s definitely a cool site to check out.
This is Microsoft’s version of Yahoo Answers. MSN members quickly respond to your questions trying to provide you with the best answer possible. MSN did a nice job with the design of this website. Very easy-to-use.
Qunu is a website that will connect you with an expert to answer your question through instant messaging. This is a great way to talk one-on-one with someone familiar with the topic you need help with. Not only are experts available 24/7, but they volunteer their time for free.
Oyogi has a very nice Web 2.0 look and feel. However, finding answers to common questions seems a bit difficult. It’s also difficult to find answers to previously asked questions. Overall, this site is pretty weak.
This site is managed by researchers who used to answer questions at Google Answers. You post a question with a price then wait to see if a researcher wants to answer. This might take some time to get the answer you want, but you’re pretty much guaranteed a solid answer.
Tap into the collective wisdom of thousands of users by posting questions on this new social Q&A website. Wis.dm is unique because people are simply asking everyone yes and no questions. So log in and post a question. You’ll probably get a bunch of responses in a really short time frame.
Yahoo Answers is a website that allows Yahoo members to post and answer questions on practically any topic imaginable. The quality of answers you’ll get really depends on who’s interested in answering your question within a three day period. The best part about Yahoo answers is that it’s free and you can get answers from a variety of people within minutes. The only problem is that questions are closed after three days, which means better answers can never get added.
Yedda is very similar to Yahoo Answers: where it’s free to post questions, and free to read answers from the members. Yedda has a pretty cool tagging system to find questions related to the topic you’re interested in. Explore the topics.
Here are a bunch of others:
- All Experts – Experts answer your questions on a variety of topics
- Ask MetaFilter – not very user-friendly, but worth a shot
- The Answerbank.co.uk – Q & A site based in the United Kingdom
- Ask A Linguist – Working on a paper that requires help from a linguist? This is the website for you.
- Ask Me Help Desk – This site operates much like a forum: people post questions and then wait for someone to answer their question. This isn’t the best site to find previous answers from people.
- Blurt It! – People post questions on a given topic and then wait for people to vote yes or no. It’s intersting to see what people think, but not very helpful when you neeed a concrete answer on something.
- I Recognise That - I Recognise That is a place where people can ask or answer questions about anything and everything. Someone that asks a question can also upload a photo to help illustrate that question.
- JustAnswer - Ask experts a question and then set a price on how much the answer is worth to you.
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