Yahoo! India has announced the launch of a free community-based search engine christened, "Yahoo! Answers" that lets users ask questions and get...
Yahoo! India has announced the launch of a free community-based search engine christened, "Yahoo! Answers" that lets users ask questions and get answers from people anywhere in the world on any topic.
From humorous questions like, "Do animals laugh?" to serious questions regarding tax problems; from religious questions like, "Does God exist?" to general questions like, "Why do you feel depressed?"; the list can just go on and on with Yahoo! Answers. The interesting part of the site is that there are points allotted each time you do anything on the site. For instance, if you post a question, you get a negative of five points. But if you find the right answer for your question and close the question, then three points out of the five you lost while posting the comment are given back to you. Each time you post an answer, you get a few points. If your answer is selected as the best answer by any one, you gain points. Furthermore, if your answer wins a lot of voting from a major crowd of people, you are allotted a position on the site as an expert on that particular topic. There is a lot to Yahoo! Answers.
According to company sources, the product has also been customized for Indian users, by adding a full range of Indian content with categories like local businesses and the Indian taxation system. This helps the Indian users to benefit from the knowledge and wisdom of Yahoo!'s global community. This service complements Yahoo!'s Web search, by providing another source of information based on real life experiences and opinions from people around us whom we would otherwise never meet or talk to.
Any registered Yahoo! user can post a question on Yahoo! Answers, and any other Yahoo! user can answer the question. Yahoo! Answers also archives and categorizes users' questions and answers by topics that are searchable when required. Yahoo! screens the content and ensures that all abusive, defamatory, or obscene content is removed from the Web site. The users also have an option to report posts that they feel are inappropriate.
Speaking at the launch, Rishi Behal, head - search, Yahoo! India, said, "Yahoo! Answers can be called the 'Human Knowledge Search Engine,' because the questions asked are by real people and answers are given by real people around us who might be an expert on the topic. Sometimes the question itself is a piece of information for others."
"The answers posted are so very interesting that we will surely read though all of them. One question is open for a span of seven days. If a person finds a satisfactory answer to his question, he can close the question himself within these seven days, but if he has not found the right answer for his question, Yahoo! sends him a message indicating that his question has exceeded the seven days limit; and that if he wants, he can renew the question for another seven days or allow Yahoo! to close the question for him," Behal explained.
Yahoo! Indian Answers is accessible from the front page of www.yahoo.co.in or from the URL: http://in.answers.yahoo.com.