(formerly Live Search QnA
and Windows Live QnA
, codenamed Answers
), was a question and answer service, part of Microsoft
group of services. It is somewhat similar to Google Answers
, but closer in function to Yahoo! Answers
. Users could ask questions, tag them according to topic, and gain points and reputation for answering other users' questions.
The service was community based; questions are posed to the whole community, rather than just one researcher. At this point there are apparently no plans for any monetary compensation of any kind for answering questions; rather, like with Yahoo! Answers, the only rewards are having high point counts and good reputation. In order to open an account a user needs a Windows Live ID
, and abide by the .
All questions on MSN QnA were "tagged" by the poster to allow easy searching and navigation.
The MSN QnA beta ended and the website closed on May 21st, 2009.
Levels, Scoring and Reputation System
Users are given four days to answer a question. Questions can be rated for their usefulness once a best answer has been selected. The scoring system is weighted to encourage users to participate and answer questions. Scores are awarded by answering questions and voting for answers. Bonus scores are awarded for creating the best answer or voting for the best answer. Generally, the user's QnA score will rise more quickly if their votes are for quality answers. A user is limited to 100 votes per day.
QnA users also have a......