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Monday, February 2, 2009

Wikipedia Makers Launch Q&A Site with a Difference!

Posted by @ 12:22 am

Wikia (the makers of Wikipedia) have a new notch on their belt due to the launch of Wikianswers, a Q&A site that attempts to create one true, consensus answer for each question, the same philosophy used with Wikipedia.

There are a number of Q&A sites out there already (including one very similarly named WikiAnswers), but what Wikia hopes will be the point of difference is that fact that it is open to anyone, just like Wikipedia. This means that anyone can provide answers to questions posted on the site even without registering.

Wikia CEO Gil Penchina explains more:

Wikia’s Q+A service is in keeping with the wiki-way and that’s what makes it different
- The content is freely licensed under GFDL unlike other answers sites allowing it to be re-used and re-purposed by others for free
- Anyone can contribute (other answers sites require you to register)
We believe that a more open, freely licensed community will always do better than a corporate site that takes customers contributions and copyrights them in order to take rights away from the contributor.

I have my reservations about this concept. Although this might be a convenient way of getting people’s participation in the site, not requiring users to register might make it more susceptible to spammers and users posting bogus answers.

So if Wikia is hoping that this will be a site with completely valid answers then I think this might be a little too hopeful.

If you think you have the answers or wish to know an answer to a troubling question, then click here to check out Wikianswers.


Courtney Mills Courtney is an online marketing and communications specialist at ineedhits - a leading search engine marketing firm with over 16 years experience. Courtney has been living and breathing online marketing for over 5 years. She specializes in web and communication marketing, while providing news and opinion to online marketing communities.

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Discussion (1 - comment)

I am pretty certain that Wikia are NOT the makers of Wikipedia. That credit lies with the Wikimedia Foundation.

Wikia, on the other hand, use the MediaWiki software (the same software that runs Wikipedia) to run a large number of topic specific wikis. Most of these micro wikis are not encyclopedic in nature.

By Anonymous - February 5, 2009

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