Can I trust Cha Cha answers? I'm starting to doubt it.
Posted in the Auburn Forum
#1 May 2, 2012
After seeing a lot of wrong answers on Cha Cha Answers on ChaCha.com I've had my doubts about the viability of their answers. I won't list all of them and bore you but it seems that from my experience that 40%+/- of the answers I've read and gotten are false. Though this could be the type of questions I'm asking and are looking up from other people. But it seems that everything from business advice to medical questions, from supplements to technical answers I've seen more wrong answers than right ones. Which leads me to wonder who is actually answering these questions? Man or Machine? And if it's people are they just arm chair know it alls working from home? Why are sites like ChaCha and Yahoo answers allowed to exist when all too often it's a total gamble on if you are getting the correct answer or not? The internet really didn't take off until the mid 1990s (though created long before that) and since then has grown rapidly. But you'd think that in the last several decades that more strict rules would be in place to protect us from Wikipedia, ChaCha, and Yahoo Answers. Why aren't sites like these illegal? It would be one thing if they were simply open discussion sites in which people could give their personal opinions but they are basically promoted as sources of facts. When they are not. It's a gamble. I mean you wouldn't expect your printed dictionary or encyclopedia to change every time you opened it, would you? You wouldn't go to someone like a bar fly for info? Do you remember the TV series called "Cheers"? The character of Cliff Clavin would sit at the bar and make up stories and fake definitions as he thought of himself as a wellspring of information. Well in 2012 the internet is flooded with Cliff Clavin's typing typing typing on sites like Wikipedia, ChaCha and Yahoo Answers. and/or programming the software to spider the internet for the answer. Sort of like a raffle or dart throwing experience. I even find myself using these sites for quick fix answers and worry that even with my understanding that these are not truly reliable I still fall for it. I shutter to think of the millions out there that believe in it 100%. I know that not everyone can afford reputable encyclopedias like Encyclopedia Britannica but you often do get what you paid for $0 = zilch. I remember a time when if you bought a computer it came with free encyclopedia software or at least a trial. It was just standard. Now it doesn't come with such stuff because they figure people are going to the internet for their info. Pretty sad if you ask this person. Sure all the liberal minded folks out there are upset with people like me slamming on their precious Wikipedia because as we all know FREE = Wonderful but at the same time you're getting what you pay for. Also if people don't buy real encyclopedias they are no longer supporting the hard working research teams and experts that are highly trained in data collect, quoting correctly, and paraphrasing truthfully. I urge you to stop the madness and buy a real encyclopedia.
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