Wikianswers launched

Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikia and Wikipedia, has launched a new Q&A site, named Wikianswers. This may sound familiar to some; this is because the Q&A section of Answers.com is called Wiki Answers. However, Jimmy Wales' version is named 'Wikia Answers', with the name being turned into 'Wikianswers'. Confusing for some.

Wales' has launched the site, despite a plethora of answer websites already available, in order to try and obtain a one true 'Wiki Style' answer for each question asked. A quote on Wikianswers from Wales himself states, "Wikianswers uses the unique characteristics of a wiki to form the very best answer to any question."

Despite the name confusion, Wikianswers may gain traction, but can it really gain some of the popularity of the already established websites? In December 2008 alone, Yahoo! Answers had 144.7 million visitors, and Wiki Answers had 26.7 million.

This leaves some wondering...How is Wikianswers different from other answer sites?

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Quite obviously there is going to be overlap in people and events - it would be absurd to think otherwise. However, the businesses are entirely separate.

I'm the founder of FAQ Farm, which was renamed WikiAnswers in 2007 after I sold the site to Answers.com. See its history at http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:WikiAnswers
Marco, I'm sorry to hear you found the community at WikiAnswers condescending. If you give it another try, I hope you'll find that wasn't a typical experience.
Also, you've never needed to register at FAQ Farm/WikiAnswers to ask a question. That was always important to me.
I'm not involved with WikiAnswers anymore, but I do take some offense that Jimmy and Gil Pechina are saying we didn't get permission to use that name. It was never trademarked. I registered the domain name back around 2005. When Answers.com decided to use it as the name for the site, we did talk to Jimmy. He didn't object.

I love answers sites. What I like about this site is that you don't need an account to ask a question :)

From what I've seen, these sites have different kinds of communities. Answers.com's community is smart, yet really condescending, so I stopped using it. Yahoo! Answers has a much nicer, mainstream, (if not slightly dim) community, so that's my usual site. I wonder what sort of community this site will have.


Wiki-porn was also milestone... In 2005 is was a requirement to get an intermittent windshield wiper installed on your monitor just to go to the site.

I should note: Wikianswers was the first Wikia wiki, created back in 2004. This is a relaunch.

"Wikianswers is an official tie-in to Wikipedia" - no it isn't. Wikia and Wikipedia are entirely separate entities.

(Full disclosure: I work for Wikia)

Kirkburn said,
I should note: Wikianswers was the first Wikia wiki, created back in 2004. This is a relaunch.

"Wikianswers is an official tie-in to Wikipedia" - no it isn't. Wikia and Wikipedia are entirely separate entities.

(Full disclosure: I work for Wikia)


Sorry, Kirkburn =) I'll update it.