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Posts Tagged ‘Yahoo Answers’

Yahoo! Answers helps student cheat

Lately, I have been using the Yahoo! Answers forum as a means of promoting web sites. You can’t directly promote a site, but there are ways to do it in a subtle manner so as to not upset the powers that be. For one site, I have seen nearly 10% of the monthly traffic come from Yahoo! Answers, with very minimal effort.

In my travels in their forums, I did find out one of the things that Yahoo! Answers is helping people do. CHEAT! I had seem lame posts where people will ask for help with their homework, and others where people ask for help coming up with slogans or naming a business (talk about free marketing consulting) but for the most part I ignored them.

As I perused the forum, I found this Q&A dialog between Yahoo staff and a Yahoo! Answers member:

(submitted by stevenp9891)
Q: I’m constantly seeing multiple questions from single users that sound like they’re straight out of a text book or worksheet. It’s annoying when people try and cheat on their assignments with Yahoo Answers. There should be an option on the Abuse page for Cheaters or at least have a maximum number of questions a person can post every hour (like 2 or 3) and a daily limit.

(by Yahoo! Answers employee Katie)
A: It is not a violation of the community guidelines or the Terms of Service to use Yahoo! Answers for help with your homework. You have the option not to answer a question if you do not want to, but if you chose to answer it your post must also be within the community guidelines and the Terms of Service.

To prove that I didn’t make this up, here is the URL to the dialog:

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