My New Addiction: Yahoo Answers

May 18, 2010 — 7 Comments

Well it’s official, I now have a new addiction…Yahoo Answers. Have you guys checked this out yet? I spend about an hour each day answering mental health questions for strangers. What am I doing?

A while ago my husband had shown me Yahoo Answers which he explained could be used as a social media tool to promote our websites. At first, I really didn’t understand why people would bother with this site.

Here’s how Yahoo Answers works. Your normal Yahoo user name is what is used on this site too. (everyone has one right?) Also, you choose an avatar that will show up next to the questions or answers that you post. There are is a point system which gives you 2 points when you answer someone’s question or takes away 2 points from you if you are asking a question.

So what kind of questions do people ask on Yahoo Answers? Anything and everything. There are tons of different categories. I spend the bulk of my time in the mental health section as that is where people seem to post their addiction and recovery questions.

A question is asked and stays open for about 48 hours (I think). In that time as many people who want to answer the question can . At the end of the time either the person that asked the question or the community pick the best answer. If you were the person with the best answer, you not only get the 2 points for asking the question, you also get an additional 10 points for your best answer.

Yahoo Answers has different levels that a persons hits based on the amount of points they have. Right now I’m a level 3, meaning I have over 1000 points. The highest level that I have seen next to anyone’s name is a level 7. I’m not sure if the levels go up higher than that but nobody has reached it yet or what.

So you might be thinking: “what is the point of Yahoo Answers?“. I really have no idea what other people use it for but I can tell you why I like it. It’s a way for me to share my experience in addiction recovery with others who are new to recovery and to also read advice from others who are further along the road of recovery than I am.

I also like to point people in the direction of some great recovery sites. Along with my site I make the recommendation for people to check out The Discovering Alcoholic’s site which is a great place for anyone who doesn’t have their own personal blog to go, sign up, and be able to post blog entries and read the blog entries of others.

I guess for me Yahoo Answers is one more online addiction tool that I use in my addiction recovery to get support and also allow me to give support to other addicts and alcoholics who are desperately in need of it.

7 responses to My New Addiction: Yahoo Answers

  1. Carl Strohmeyer July 31, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    I have to agree and disagree.

    I agree with sharing ones experience, however the way Yahoo answers is currently set up it rewards those with too much time on their hands which results (at least my category of expertise; fish) in very poor anecdotal answers getting passed around as fact. The so called top contributor here is especially poor in the field of disease treatment and medication yet many recognize otherwise and he is believed.
    There is no way someone who has a career (in my case performing real research and more) to be a top contributor, so the best I can hope for is to go in there and give out better information () backed by good resources and hope others reading this will follow these links, however most of the time this is not the case.

    I am not against going there to try and give out correct advice or simply to try and move persons to more credible resources however getting information at Yahoo answers is akin to asking a Nazi about tolerance (at least in fish).
    Hopefully Yahoo will recognize this and do away with the

  2. I can completely see your point Carl. I guess it works for me because I’m using it more for fun and for support. I’m usually not asking/answering a question that has a black and white answer. So different opinions from different people are welcomed.

  3. Thank you for mentioning my site and the info on Yahoo Answers- that is an interesting system they have set up. I plan to answer a few myself. Take care Erin.

    TDA

  4. what is this yahoo answers all about???

  5. It’s about… well other than what I said in the post, I’m not real sure what it’s about. But it’s entertaining.

    Check it out for yourself http://answers.yahoo.com

  6. most of your info is wrong. you lose 5 points for asking a question. your yahoo! screen name doesn’t have to be your yahoo! answers name- you can change your y!a name as much as you want.

  7. thanks for your info Diana…2 points for you!

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