I grumble a lot about Yahoo! Answers, but I continue to hang out there, generally confining myself to subjects I know something about, motivated by the fact that there are lots of people even dumber than I am.
Which is why this is so dispiriting:
A growing number of college presidents and faculty are concerned about student plagiarism in the Internet age. But the questions raised by this analysis go beyond ethics. Wouldn’t professors be disheartened to learn that a significant share of students are harvesting their facts not from an old-fashioned encyclopedia but from Yahoo Answers?
Y!A, apparently, is second only to Wikipedia as a source of, um, “borrowed content,” despite this:
On this site … accuracy is determined by a popular vote. Fact and opinion dwell side by side.
Disclosure: I got a Best Answer this week for something I answered a year ago; the answer turned out to be wrong after all the company changed its plans but it’s too late to do anything about it now.