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.