What Makes Question and Answer Sites Popular?

Google shuttered its question and answer site, Google Answers, more than two years ago. Yet Yahoo Answers continues to thrive, and putting the phrase “question and answer sites” into Google yields more than a million hits. In this article, we’ll look at some of the features you can find on question and answer sites, consider their continued popularity, and try to discover what makes such a site successful.
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Askville.com: Amazon`s Answer to Social Networking

Sometimes a new social networking site isn’t noticed for months after it’s launched, even if it’s Amazon that does the launching. There were a few stories when the online retailer launched Askville.com in early December of last year; a few more came out recently. Why is this site worth looking at?
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