What are questions that don't provide enough information for WikiAnswers?
That comes up all the time. People compose a question saying "Which of the following is not a cause of WW I?" (for example) yet they haven't listed anything following that question, and we who answer questions have no idea what they are talking about. Or the question is completely incoherent. "You are marble, in unexpected prehensile." It doesn't mean anything, therefore it can't be answered.
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Answer . You can find all the dates related to the history of a question and its answers by clicking the History of Changes link on the left side when you are logged in.. We've experimented with listing the dates prominently, but currently we decided it clutters things up too much. There's alrea…dy a lot of information and options on our pages so we're striving to keep things simple.. If you want to answer only recent questions, use the "Most Recent Questions" link in the related links section. (MORE)
Why does WikiAnswers not give out information to questions asking how to get around blocks that schools place on their computers?
No Information Given Out . I believe the information would be considered illegal. Even if it's not, WikiAnswers does not have the authority to give out information that teaches students how to get around a decision that has been made by the owners of any equipment. Here's a thought, though. Since… you're in school, why not use the time to look things up on the computer that pertain to your education? You would be amazed at how much you could learn! (MORE)
Yes, questions can be answered by anyone, whether you have an account or not. We encourage you to share your knowledge here on WikiAnswers!
Why do you let people answer the questions on WikiAnswers because the say stupid things why don't you answer them yourselves?
WikiAnswers is a wiki, that means that answers are collectively written. No single person answers all the questions. People will submit answers that they believe to be correct, then someone else comes along and expands on it, eventually it will be the best possible answer. But, some people answer ju…st to answer, even if it is just nonsense. (MORE)
Google has lots of information, and in many cases it has too much. Someone looking for an answer, particularly one that is based on experience, has a much better chance of finding something more quickly here then on a search engine. Additionally, many technical questions are answered here in "Englis…h" instead of "Geek speak" or something else. The gift of "interpretation" is often richly supplied here while it may be in short supply at something like, say, Wikipedia. OR People are just lazy and stupid. (MORE)
different people who know the information that you are looking for, answer the question for you, and other people may edit it to fix grammar and report if its inappropriate...
Anyone can answer and improve. those of us who don't know the answer, will leave it alone.
Anyone can answer the questions, but a team of dedicated people answer the majority. These regular answerers can be recognized by their high trust point totals. The same team also attempts to vet and correct misleading or abusive answers.. The people of the Internet help answer questions!! .
It may take time for the WikiAnswers community to give you an answer to your question. Sometimes your question may have been answered already in a different wording. Wiki Answers is a website where you can ask a question and most of the time find the answer. All people 13 and up can provide the …answers if they have an account. If you cant get an answer to the question, it means nobody 13 and up knows the answer to that question. But if other people have asked a question similar to the one you asked, eventually it will give you a list of questions similar and you can choose one, just in case if you didn't provide the question clearly. But it doesn't matter, because there's always more in store at wikianswers.com! (MORE)
Why is it that when I answer a question and I am not logged on to WikiAnswers it says at the bottom that the question was created by ID43676 and so on and is this something I don't want people to see?
To answer your first question, if you are not logged in or are an unregistered user asking a question or contributing to the site in any way, it shows up as an ID followed by several numbers (it is basically a temporary mark given to random unregistered or not logged-in contributors who do not want …to make a WikiAnswers account, so the ID and numbers act like a temporary account name until you sign up for an account). To answer your second question, it doesn't matter if people see it or not, since it is 100% secure, so it doesn't matter if any regular contributor sees it. It is just a way of identifying contributions coming from a certain source, because you don't have an account, and is completely safe for others to view. (MORE)
Yes Yes, of course! Simply click on the orange button that states "Answer Question". Yes they can but be warned, WikiAnswers will lie I have proof! My friend said one time that she looked up what a thunderstorm was made up of and it said BANANA'S!
From people like you and I - users who visit the site. The WikAnswers site is global - viewed by millions, perhaps billions of people world-wide. They are an absolutely huge source of information on just about any subject you can think of !
You have to remember that many people here do not understand how Search Engines like Google, and therefore cannot use such sites. If everyone used Google or sites like that instead of asking us, it would partially defeat the object of WikiAnswers. The above is not entirely true, because there are… certain answers that cannot be found by using a simple google search. However, most of the questions on WikiAnswers have terrible grammar and can just be googled. It's pretty sad. (MORE)
It definitely could be true for some people that they don't like WikiAnswers because they don't get an answer to every question they ask. However, I don't think it is true for everyone. This is a great place for people to share knowledge and help each other, and although some questions are really ha…rd to answer and some aren't merged correctly, or stay unanswered for a while, there is still a lot of great knowledge here, and usually if you ask your question a few different ways, you'll find what you need. I like it here. (MORE)
Why does the person on WikiAnswers who answers the question not provide a specific source which would give much more credibility?
Many do give sources. They are just not in the answers themselves.They might be in Related Links, which are listed on the left sideof the question under Question Tools. Answers.com had developed a policy of not permitting links withinanswers, because that attracted a lot of advertisers and it can b…edifficult to check the veracity of all the links that could beposted. In recent years, no one could add anything to the RelatedLinks portion of the questions. People can put information linksunder discussion comments, but they must be informative, related tothe question asked and are not selling something or promoting theanswerer's blog site. (MORE)
Political correctness would demand that I say that we are all equally important in this beautiful, magical world.. However, I would have to say the answer-ers. It takes more skill to answer something than to ask it and more questions need answers. Besides, if we got all the questions answered well,… we could ask and answer our own!. [No offense.] (MORE)
Yeah! I've alway Hated that! If you ask a question you probably want the answer not a website to go to! If you look just above the Green Ask Ba r, you will see three little radio buttons entitled, All Sources, Community Q and A and Reference . Make sure that The Community Q&A button has the d…ot in it when you ask a question. That way you will be able to ask questions, without being taken anywhere else. (MORE)
After your question is typed into the box at the top that says 'enter a question or phrase' and is submitted WikiAnswers will ask what categories you would like to place the question into. After selecting the categories and clicking on okay the question will be placed in those categories. If you …question is moved from a category that you expect it to be residing in or cannot find it there are various options such as going to your own profile page and click on the link 'My Contributions' located to the left of the browser in the blue box and then simply change the 'Filter by' box from 'Action' to 'Questions asked' and hit the 'Go' button just to the right. There are other ways of tracking questions you have asked such as being notified from the web site to your email or setup RSS feeds to keep an eye on your questions as well. (MORE)
Maybe you're question is brand new and people have not yet seen it. Or maybe no one knows the answer and leaves it.
The Joy of Answering Our contributors tell us why they answerquestions: . Because it's fun, and it gives people a chance to share (andsometimes, to show off) their knowledge. . It makes you feel good inside. . You are addicted to answering questions. . You want to get that pretty "Ruby Con…tributor" badge. . You want to help others. . You want to help WikiAnswers. . You know the exact answer and want to answer it so badly. . You love WikiAnswers. . The answer is so obvious that you can't let it passunanswered. . You learn in the process of answering. . You can't just leave an answer with bad grammar or spellingalone. The stupidity of others really bugs you, and you feel theneed to correct them. . I enjoy finding difficult answers to tricky questions... likethis one. . To give the asker an answer. . I enjoy organizing information, and creating an open,community-driven question/answer database where I or anyone elsecan come if we have questions. Answering questions helps me learnmore things I might otherwise not have paid attention to. (MORE)
If a member was spamming questions with irrelevant information, completely off-topic, they can expect to face consequences. However, if the information is somewhat relevant to the question being asked, it is fine.
When fossils do not provide enough information how do scientists study the ancestry of modern organisms?
They look at the physical features of the fossil and compare it to a modern day organism.
To report a question that does not have enough information to beanswered, simply email support @ answers.com. Or you can flag the question as "containing gibberish."
Is the sponsoring organization a university or a government agency? Is the sponsoring organization selling a product?
You can't write more than that in a question, sorry. We limit the length of questions on purpose, because we want questions on this site to be applicable to everyone, and usually the longer they get, the more specific to one human being they are. If someone has a relationship problem, we want them t…o just ask about the problem in general rather than adding all the detailed and unique complications of familial relationships, past problems with the law, and current mental health medications. This helps keep the questions and answers to things that most people can relate to, rather than just one person. (MORE)
WikiAnswers answers questions because they liked to help people who cannot answer certain questions. ... but sometimes, us Wikianswerers would like Wikiquestioners to do a bit of work for themselves - like doing their own term papers (!)
That depends on what information is needed. If you can give ageneral answer, but need more specifics to narrow it down, thenoffer what you can. If there are a few different options, then givethe options. If the question is completely unanswerable because it lacks someessential bit of information, t…hen flag it, or write to support @answers.com, and we will take care of it for you. (MORE)
You have to wait until someone "stumbles" upon the question and then they might answer it
You can contact them through their message board if a user asked the question. If they do not respond or it was not a registered member, then report it to a Supervisor who can trash the question. It is also a good idea to report the alternate that does not have much information to a Supervisor to av…oid a pile-up of unnecessary alternates. (MORE)
Because all the people that enter this site or join are those who don't want to be bothered with the research. If anyone is offended by my answer, please answer all those questions that have been unanswered yet are taught in schools all over the world.
We at WikiAnswers do our very best to answer questions correctly and quickly. There are new questions submitted every second, so this is a never ending process.
If someone asked a question and someone answers 'I don't know' and said 'mahahaha' what will WikiAnswers do?
If and when someone sees it, the answer will be deleted and the account that posted it will be reviewed for further action.
No, it is not necessary to answer questions to be a member of WikiAnswers. While we encourage members to ask and answer questions, it is not required. There are other opportunities available on WikiAnswers, and we are growing all the time. Take a look at the Community Forum. Make use of your bio …page to share about yourself, and look at those of other members to get to know them. Start a conversation about a question in that question's Discussion area. And, while WikiAnswers is not a social networking site, we do have the message boards so that members may communicate with each other. All we ask is that if you do choose to answer questions, give the best answer you have. Be serious about answering. Most importantly, follow the rules and guidelines of WikiAnswers; you can find these in the Help Center. (MORE)
Not Enough Information If you are a supervisor: Click on "Trash" (under "Question tools") in the blue bar on the left-hand side of the page. On the pop-up list that appears, click the box marked "Not enough information to answer" and then click on "Continue" - the question will then be re-categ…orized into the desired category. (MORE)
There are many, many, many people that answer questions on WikiAnswers. The only reason why it seems that not very many people are answering questions is because there are questions being submitted almost every 5 seconds.
People generally do not think that others would not know what they are talking about if they use pronouns like you, them, it, etc. or do not provide all the information necessary for another to answer the question. They do not stop to think that in order to communicate their question well, they have… to use words that allow others to understand what they are asking and be specific. For example: Asking "When did they invade?" does not give enough information and is not clear about who is being asked about. On the other hand, asking "When did Germany invade Poland at the time of World War 2?" is completely clear about what is being asked. Asking "Should you leave him?" is also too vague. A better wording is "Should you leave you boyhttp://wiki.answers.com/How_many_Category_Supervisors_are_therefriend?" because it leaves no doubt about who is being asked about; however, it does not state what the boyfriend did or a reason why you would be thinking about leaving him. That information needs to be included in order for the question to be answered in a meaningful way. The best wording might be "Should you leave your boyfriend if he cheated on you?" or "Should you leave your boyfriend if you no longer love him?" (MORE)
Is there any way WikiAnswers can stop the flow of a question to the top of a Google search when no answer to the question has been provided?
Yes, but then the chances of that question ever getting an answer would drop drastically.
How do you ad an answer to a question on WikiAnswers if the answer provided isn't quite what the asker was wanting?
You can either edit the existing answer, and add your contribution to the one that's already there, or post an alternative answer in the discussion area.
Can you provide sources for your answers to questions on WikiAnswers because I see no one puts them?
Yes, Click on 'Related Links' in the Sidebar of the Question and add a Link to a Trustworthy Source.
For a question to have enough information to be answered, the asker can't just assume someone knows what they mean. Be very specific. If you are asking about a specific person, place, or thing, use the name, and not the pronoun. X = What books did she write? â = What books did JK Rowling w…rite? When the word "she" was used, no one knew who the asker was talking about. X = How much money does he make a year? â = How much money does Donald Trump make a year? Same thing here. No one could just guess at who "he" is. X=How do you open the hood? â = How do you open the hood on a 2007 Ford Ranger? Every car is different. People need to know which type you are talking about. X = What is it all about? â = What is the play Potted Potter about? Again, no one would know what "it" is. (MORE)
There are just too many Q&A for them to all be listed at onetime on one page. The site can get hundreds of new questions anhour. The new questions and newly answered questions do feed ontothe WA homepage, but it can happen so rapidly, they might havealready cycled through by the time you might look …there. (MORE)
Next to the question, it will will say "Improve" in an orange box. Click that, and you can edit the question.
That would be contributing to helping someone perform an illegal act, which is against the law.
Questions such as "In the following diagram - which is the larger area" or "How long does it take to get from New York to San Francisco" - In the first question - it's obvious that the asker is wanting a homework question answered - but browser limitations mean they can't actually show us the diagra…m. In the second example - the asker hasn't told us what method of transport they're travelling by. (MORE)
You can't. There is a discussion area, where you can talk more about the question or specifics related to your situation if you like... but by design, we want the main question to be limited and to not have more information than you can write in the question area. This is so that the questions are m…ore generic, and can help everyone, rather than being ultra specific to one person's situation only. If you want to talk about something very very specific going on in your own life, a better site might be help.com, where they respond to people's individual issues in a very specific and personal way. Here, we want to build a database of answers that help people in similar situations, or who have similar questions... so we don't want it to get so specific that other people can't relate. Hopefully our question length is long enough for questions that require specific expertise, although for instance in the car category, some people use abbreviations in order to get the whole situation in there. Even in those situations though, it would be okay to be a little bit more general, and allow the answer to cover different specifics, in order to help more people. (MORE)
Well of course! It's purpose is to help people find references for personal and life questions. It is why there are supervisors to fact check and make sure people get accurate info to their questions.
Yes, WikiAnswers can be useful. It helped me learn how to replace the door handle on my car. It has helped me learn other things as well. I wouldn't say that it is always useful... there is a lot that needs to be cleaned up on the site, and I try to help clean up when I come across something that is… wrong or has been vandalized... but it definitely *can* be useful. (MORE)
You have to remember - this is not a 'live' site(like a chatroom) - it's a forum - where peoplepost questions, and need to wait for someone toanswer them ! If you need an 'instant' answer - you're better offlogging into a chatroom !
Flagging a question that does not have enough information is easy.All you have to do is report the question.
If you are a registered member, you can always see data relating tothe time-frame of questions and answers - in the question history(the link is on the left of each screen). The question history -lists when the question was asked, if it was merged with anotherquestion - and when it was answered. Th…e publication dates are not available to non-registered users. (MORE)