Why do you ask this?

@inproceedings{Gardelli2012WhyDY,
  title={Why do you ask this?},
  author={Giovanni Gardelli and Ingmar Weber},
  booktitle={WWW},
  year={2012}
}
We use Yahoo!~Toolbar data to gain insights into why people use Q&A sites. For this purpose we look at tens of thousands of questions asked on both Yahoo!~Answers and on Wiki Answers. We analyze both the pre-question behavior of users as well as their general online behavior. Using an existing approach (Harper et al.), we classify questions into "informational" vs. "conversational". Finally, for a subset of users on Yahoo! Answers we also integrate age and gender into our analysis. Our results… CONTINUE READING