One of the challenges of using Yahoo Answers for sharing your expertise is finding the right questions to answer. Until now, you’ve basically had two ways:
- Browse through Yahoo Answers’ navigation to find the right category(ies)
- Set up an RSS feed for your search term(s) of choice and dig through the results that come in
Neither option is perfect; the site navigation may not include categories that match your expertise, or your expertise may be spread out over several categories. Or, you may have too many search terms to monitor via RSS, or those terms may produce too many results. Either way, finding good questions to answer has been difficult at best.
But today Yahoo has announced Suggested Questions, a new module that will show up on the YA home page when you’re logged in. It looks like this:
Yahoo says the new module will only show up for active users “with a significant amount of activity around a topic.” I can’t get the module to show up because I haven’t been as active on YA as I usually am. In other words, the more active you are, and the more focused you are with your activity, the more likely you’ll get rewarded with targeted questions given to you right on the Yahoo Answers home page.
Maybe best of all, Yahoo Answers lets you opt-out of this if you don’t like it. If you do like it, YA lets you choose to show 3, 5, or 7 suggested questions. Nice touch, YA.