Amazon’s Askville gives users a place to ask questions and receive answers from actual people. The site provides user with the ask a question tool. Users can also view recent activity to see what other users have asked and what categories those questions were given. Users can ask any kind of question imaginable, to something with a concrete answer to opinion focused inquiries. Much like similar question and answer sites, Askville presents the question at the top of the page with responses below. Question pages also include similar questions that may be related to the user’s inquiry. Each response is posted along with the responder’s avatar and username. The question asker can also accumulate answer IOUs. Questions are also sorted by category.
Askville was created by Amazon, which is one of the most popular virtual marketplaces on the web. The application was created to give users a place to ask any question imaginable and receive responses from actual people rather than automated systems or those claiming to be experts.
Askville works much like any similar question and answer application. The site uses the same layout and features, which is not really a bad thing. These are so common because they work so well. Users can respond to questions, post questions or see what other users provided as answers to their questions. Askville has little to offer in terms of original features, but the site does provide a new community to share questions and answers with.
Amazon’s Askville welcomes users with a calm blue color scheme set against a pale background. The website header features a pleasantly cool blue color with the Askville logo in light green and grey. Buttons found at the top of the page allow the user to ask a question, sort through questions by category or search for a question by keyword. The question asking tool is presented right at the top, center of the homepage so new users can dive right in.
Visitors can join the Askville community by clicking the white “Sign Up” link found in the top, right hand corner of the homepage (inside the blue header). Doing so takes the user to the registration form. The form asks for a first and last name, email address and password. The user must also check the box at the bottom of the form that confirms that they are at least 13 years of age or older.
Askville provides a helpful service to its users, however without those users it would not have much to offer. All of the questions and answers come from Askville user (as well as some of the site’s team members). Charging a fee for this service would not be a good decision, especially considering the many alternative question and answer websites that are out there. Currently anyone can join the Askville community for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges for doing so. The user can ask questions and provide answers by registering for an Askville account.
Amazon’s Askville is a tool for anyone with a pressing question or knowledge. The site gives users a place to community their inquiries and receive responses from actual people. Those with extensive knowledge on a specific subject or topic can share their expertise by supplying answers to other Askville users. The answers provided by the community are not great and we advice you to use another Q&A site.