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What is the history of question and answer websites?

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I’m afraid this answer will be a little vague, but I worked at Yahoo! back when they launched Answers, and the story I heard was that this category of sites was extremely popular in some Asian countries—particularly countries that didn’t yet have a large number of available native language sites on the Web. Q&A sites filled a valuable gap there by allowing people to discover information online in their own language despite there not being many existing sites.

I wish I could remember which countries were mentioned as examples—this is from a half remembered conversation I had over 5 years ago.

This is What is the history of question and answer websites? by Simon Willison, posted on 3rd March 2013.

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