Yahoo! Answers: 99% Crap

9 Feb
2007

I keep hearing about how great and fantastic and wonderful Yahoo! Answers is.

I have to ask – has any of the lauding pundits ever tested the site out?

First off, a lot of the ‘questions’ on the site are not even questions – just random musings or inflammatory trolls. A real question? Quite a few aren’t even close to that.

Of the remaining legitimate questions – the answers have nothing to do with the question (or they get it completely wrong). People are absolutely stuck up on getting more points and points and levels and levels. Case in point – Is there going to be a baseball game for the nintendo wii not including wii sports? The two answers are totally off base. The first one is nothing more than a comment. The second one is offbase. It took me literally 10 seconds to find Wii Sports games – and there it is, listed by Konami.

This isn’t the first time. Yahoo! Answers is less Q & A and more ‘Post random thought/question and watch everyone pile on to boost their points’. My favorite question was someone asking how tall the CN Tower was – 11 people answered exactly the same. Nevermind Google has the answer as the description in its first result, I can only imagine what the 10th person who answered was thinking.

I will concede there are some legitimate questions. But by and by, most of the answers are absolutely retarded and contribute zilch to the actual answer. Yahoo! Answers should just be renamed to Yahoo! Messageboards

14 Responses to Yahoo! Answers: 99% Crap

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valerie

February 9th, 2007 at 11:19 am

I have to agree with you on this. And it’s funny, too, how my question I asked back when they first got this thing going was a real question I’d not been able to find the answer to myself yet it mysteriously never made it to be officially asked. Too political I guess.

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valerie

February 9th, 2007 at 11:20 am

Oh, and by “funny” I mean “not so much.” :)

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bshit

March 28th, 2008 at 6:17 pm

let me tell you something if u dont like yahoo answers dont go to it site
ppl jus want to enjoy the fact of sharing ideas and experiences together
and i like it and i post lotssssssssss of personal questions and it really helped me cz u get real answers from real ppl experiences not like google……….
so suck it up

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Ahmed

March 28th, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Thanks for the giant run on, the lack of any spelling/grammar, and your wonderfully mature nickname.

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Jay

February 19th, 2009 at 5:05 am

I agree, I went and asked a legit question and got a bunch of trolls answering it. Yahoo Answers is full of unqualified individuals helping other individuals by, 99.9% of the time, giving them false advice.

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Robert

April 23rd, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Yahoo answers should be renamed to “A teenagers view of the world.” The advice that no one in their right mind should ever take. Real life experienced is usually gained by hard work, internalizing and searching credible sources of historical tried and tested solutions. A witty one liner on a page riddled with grammatical errors and spelling mistakes is hardly getting the answer to your question….. or at least not one that will work.

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Darren

June 21st, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Thank god I found this post/blog. I couldn’t agree more on how much a waste of time Yahoo! answers is.

Filled with teen chit chat nonsense and people creating multiple accounts to pad their point base and level. The sheer odds of some people getting such a high “best answer” percentage is mind boggeling.

As someone else stated, the moderation is haphazard, many times just flat out wrong, and useless.

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MichaelL

September 17th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

If the audience in who wants to be a millionaire were all brainless 14 year old girls, with nothing more on their mind than sms-ing their buddies. This audience would be the community on Yahoo Answers.

CRAP ANSWERS and ALL ANSWERS ARE MOSTLY SPECULATIVE AND Incorrect.

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katya

September 30th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Yahoo answers is like Jerry Springer in written form. Most of the people on there are just too stupid and bored to post anything relevant to real life. The ones that do either get ignored or bombarded with narrow-minded responses that baffle me.

Though I have to admit, it’s amusing at times, in a disturbing sort of way.

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Anon E Moose

September 11th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Here’s another example. Someone asked if she should be afraid of a pitbull in her neighborhood.

I answered that one saying, that any dog can bite unexpectedly, but pitbull type dogs, when they do bite, can cause major damage because of their tendancy to bite down and not let go, often causing severe injuries or, not in some cases even death. (Granted it is not just pitbulls, but a couple of other types of dogs as well. )

It’s not as if this should be big news to anyone. It’s a fact that is easily verifiable.

However, what I didn’t realize is that there is a very militant community out there that completely denies that pitbulls could ever be anything but sweet and lovable (“my two year old sleeps with our pitbull every night, etc etc”) and actually believes there is some sort of conspiracy and media campaign to besmirch the reputation of their wonderful and loving pooch.

Naturally my attempt to write a matter of fact answer that did not take sides got so many thumbs down from the (“my pitbull is a little angel” crowd) it got “hidden because of low rating”.

The answer chosen by the asker stated that pitbulls are not dangerous at all and are cuddly and lovable and would never hurt a fly.

This is par for the course for what happens every day on Yahoo answers.

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Dusty

November 8th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Yes, totally unhelpful and almost intentionally misleading information. What’s also frustrating is if you see an opportunity to shed light on a subject, the topic is invariably closed. This would not be so bad if you could just avoid Yahoo! Answers altogether. But now Google is displaying these useless “answers” high in their search results. So now when you are looking for actual answers, you must add “-site:yahoo.com” to your search string.

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Ed

March 29th, 2012 at 5:07 am

I came across this blog after a blatant rant in my Google search box about Yahoo Answers. I couldn’t agree more with what an utter load of rubbish it is. Now that Google see fit to include the drivel in practically every search it’s even worse! I could avoid it before but now….

Talk about a hive of complete tish and misinformation!

The pitbull story above is sadly typical of the site.

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Jesse

May 17th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

It’s definitely a junk yard of advice. It’s sad when someone asks a decent question and all of the answers were thought of in a few seconds with no logic behind them. Of course most of the answers are from people wanting points or giving a crappy sentence of advice before dispensing some link to their huge rant of a question.

The funny thing is that no one cares about what level other people are, it’s not going to make you look cool being max level. And the rewards are not useful, no one needs to ask 10 questions a day.

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Treehugger

September 25th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Yesterday, I posted a question about what a 13 year old girl would want for her birthday – based on my best friend’s personality, mind you.

It got deleted, my account got suspended (aka DELETED FOREVER) and I got ten points removed. As if that would affect me, with my account suspended.

Why? Because 13 year olds aren’t *ahem* allowed on Yahoo. But I, however, am 14. My BEST FRIEND is 13 and her birthday is coming up, and I simply wanted to know people’s opinions of what somebody with her type of personality would like for their birthday.

Some JERK reported my question. Now my account is deleted.

I am OVERJOYED WITH HAPPINESS. I hate that website now and I hated it before, and I have NO IDEA why I used it.

The whole website is, like someone said, like a boatload of dumb, stereotypical 14-year-old girls. I asked a question about whether my experiment that I had designed would be worth it, and someone replied by saying that I’m stupid. Nothing happened to them even though I reported their RUDENESS: I got suspended because of my best friend’s age, yet that jerk didn’t.

Before I got suspended from Yahoo Answers, I wish I had posted a question about why the website is so useless and idiotic and completely lacking wisdom (ironically). They really do deserve it.

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