How to Use Yahoo Answers | Everything you Need to Know

Yahoo Answers, a question and answer website, is one of the services that Yahoo! provides. It is a platform where users can ask questions or answer the questions asked by other users. It was launched on June 28th, 2005, but was available to public users only after a year, i.e., May 15th, 2006.

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When you post a question or answer a question in Yahoo Answers, you need to follow Yahoo Answer Community Guidelines. For example, you cannot violate the law; you cannot misbehave with other users; you should not be mean or obscene, and so on. And in order to ask questions or answer questions on Yahoo Answers, you need to be over 13 years of age.

Read the Community Guidelines before using Yahoo’s Question and Answer Platform.

You will need a Yahoo Mail account to get access to Yahoo Answers. If you don’t have one, create your Yahoo Mail account today to use Yahoo Answers. If you have a Yahoo Mail Account, you will have to sign in first.

Login to Yahoo Answers

  1. Open your browser and go to Yahoo! Answers.
  2. If you haven’t logged into Yahoo Answers, Click on the Sign-in button at the upper right corner of your screen to log into Yahoo Mail Account.
  3. Now enter your email address on the Sign-in form and click the Next
    Pro Tip: You can use your username as well. If your email address is [email protected], you can exclude the @yahoo.com part and enter only the username abx95 and click the Next button.
  4. Now, enter your password on the next page of the sign-in form and click the Sign in
    If you have set up an account key, you will get a notification on your mobile to validate your login process. This is the safest way to login too.
    If you have enabled Two-step verification, then you will have to add the code that yahoo sends to your mobile phone once you click on Sign in Button.
  5. If your email address and password are verified, you will be redirected to Yahoo! Answers home page.
    Now you can ask questions, answer questions, edit or delete your questions in Yahoo! Answers.

If you want to look up for questions, there is a list of Categories where you can find questions related to Categories. There are currently 26 categories in Yahoo! Answers.

Yahoo! Answers Categories: Arts & Humanities, Beauty & Style, Business & Finance, Cars & Transportation, Computers & Internet, Consumer Electronics, Dining Out, Education & Reference, Entertainment & Music, Environment, Family & Relationships, Food & Drink, Games & Recreation, Health, Home & Garden, Local Businesses, News & Events, Pets, Politics & Government, Pregnancy & Parenting, Science & Mathematics, Social Science, Society & Culture, Sports, Travel, and Yahoo Products.

How to Use or Participate in Yahoo’s Questions and Answers Platform

Yahoo! Questions and Answers is an excellent platform for researchers, learners, and students like us who like to explore and learn more about various topics. And Yahoo Answers is a place where you will find topics or questions on almost any topic. If you don’t see any question related to your subject of research, you can ask a question in Yahoo Answer. Likewise, you can also give or post answers to a question to a topic you know better.

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Now, let’s learn about how to ask questions and answer a question in Ymail Answers.

How to Ask Questions in Yahoo Answers

  1. Open the Yahoo! Answers page and login with your Yahoo Account.
  2. To ask a question on Yahoo! Answers, click on the + Ask button right next to your profile icon on the upper right corner of your screen. This will take you to a new page where you can enter your queries.
  3. Now, type in your question in the text field, “What’s your question.” You have a limitation in character count here. You can only enter 140 characters long sentences as your question. However, to describe your question, you can add 1500 more characters in question detail text box. This will help people understand your questions better. To do so, add your question detail right below your question text field.
    Likewise, you can also add images to your questions. “A picture speaks a thousand words!” To add an image, click on the + Photo icon, and your picture size should be less than 5 MB.
  4. Finally, click on the Submit button to post your question in Yahoo Answers after you finish writing your questions.

If someone answers your question, you will get a notification in your Yahoo Mail.

How to Edit or Delete Question in Yahoo! Answers

  1. Sign in to your Yahoo Answer with your Yahoo Mail Account. Yahoo! Answers
  2. Click on the Profile Icon on the left sidebar of the Yahoo Answer dashboard. Your profile icon is right below Notifications.
  3. Now Tap on My Questions Tab from your Profile and select the question you want to edit or delete.
    Clicking on the question will open the question and answers page in a new window.
  4. Now click on the Edit option from the bottom right corner of the question panel. This will open on the Edit drop-down menu.
  5. To delete the question, simply click on the Delete Question option from the list. You need to confirm your deletion, so click on the Delete button on Confirm Delete dialogue box to delete your question.[Note: If you don’t see the Delete Question option on the edit dropdown menu, it’s probably because someone has answered your question. It’s not possible to delete a question once a user has answered your question. However, you have an option to edit your question.
  6. To edit your question, click on Update question from the edit drop-down list and update your question in the text field.
  7. Finally, click the Submit Button to update your question.

How to Make your Question Anonymous

Anonymous means a person who is not identified by name. Making a Question, Anonymous means that you don’t want to display your name in the question due to some reason. Let’s learn how to make a question anonymous.

  1. Open up your favorite browser and Sign in to your Yahoo Answers with your Yahoo Mail Account. Yahoo! Answers
  2. Click on the Profile Icon that is on the left sidebar of the Yahoo Answer dashboard. Your profile icon is right below Notifications.
  3. Now Tap on My Questions Tab from your Profile and select the question you want to make anonymous.
    Clicking on the question will open the question and answers page in a new window.
  4. Now click on the Edit option from the bottom right corner of the question panel. This will open on the Edit drop-down menu.
  5. Select the option Make Anonymous from the list to hide your identity on the question.
  6. Now look on the question, your username is replaced by Anonymous, and a spectacles icon replaces your profile picture.

How to Answer a Question in Yahoo Answers

I like to call a person “Contributor” who answers questions in Yahoo Answers. It’s because he is spending his valuable time, resource, and effort answering questions. If you want to answer someone’s question, there are a number of categories to choose from. Choose a category which you think you can answer, which you have experience with. Okay, let’s start answering questions in Yahoo Answers.

  1. Open your browser and log in to Yahoo Answers.
  2. On the left side panel, you have categories that you can choose to view questions related to the category you select. Now, choose a category, here I am selecting Pets as my category.
  3. There will be many sub-categories on a category you select. To go to the specific topics, select Sub-category from the Category Panel. Here I am choosing fish as I am an expert in fish keeping.
  4. On the Discover Tab of the Q&A page, you will see a list of questions that are already answered. You can answer this question by click on the question. This will open the question on a new window.
  5. Click on the Answer button to open the text box to answer. You can add images to your answer and a supporting answer or the source or your answer
    Click on the Submit button to submit your answer.
  6. To look up for unanswered questions, click on the Answer tab. Scroll down the questions and look for a question that has Be the first one to answer the text box.
  7. Click the textbox and add your answers, images, and source or your answer.
  8. Click on the Submit button once you finish writing answers.

Answering a question where there are not any answers might get you the Best Answer batch. The best answer is a batch that is nominated by the person who asks a question. The more Best Answer batch, you get, the more chance of getting pinned as Top Contributors on Yahoo Answers.

How to Edit or Delete Answers in Yahoo Answers

  1. Login to your Yahoo Answer with your Yahoo Mail Account. Yahoo! Answers
  2. Click on the Profile Icon on the left sidebar of the Yahoo Answer dashboard. Your profile icon is right below Notifications.
  3. Now Tap on My Answers Tab from your Profile and select the answer you want to edit or delete.
  4. Scroll down to the answer section and select the Edit option from your answer panel.
  5. Now select Delete Answer option from the drop-down menu. And again, click the Delete button from the Confirm Delete dialogue box to delete your answer.
  6. Next, to edit your answer, click on the Edit Answer option from the Edit drop-down menu.
  7. From the edit dialogue box, edit your answer and add the source of the answer.
  8. Then click the Submit Button to save change your answer.

How to Make your Answer Anonymous

  1. Open up your favorite browser and Sign in to your Yahoo Answer with your Yahoo Mail Account. Yahoo! Answers
  2. Click on the Profile Icon that is on the left sidebar of the Yahoo Answer dashboard. Your profile icon is right below Notifications.
  3. Now Tap on My Answers Tab from your Profile and select the answer you want to make anonymous.
  4. Now scroll down to the answers and click on the Edit option from the bottom right corner of your answer panel. This will open on the Edit drop-down menu.
  5. Select the option Make Anonymous from the list to hide your identity on the answer.
  6. Now look up the answer, your username is replaced by Anonymous, and a spectacles icon replaces your profile picture.

How to search for questions and answers in Yahoo Answers

To search a Questions or Answer related to your search term, type your search term in the search bar, and hit the enter bottom. This will display a list of all question and answer that has the keyword you searched for. Scroll down and look for relevant questions. And click on the question to explore more about the question or answer the question.

How to Follow a Question in Yahoo Answers

Get into the category from the left sidebar or search a question from the search box. Open a question about your subject of interest. However, in the time you opened the question, you don’t see answers on it. Now you would like to follow the question so that whenever a person comments on the question, you too get the notification of the answer. Here is how you can follow a question in Yahoo Answers.

  1. Login to your Yahoo Answers and go to the question you want to follow.
  2. On the question tab, click o the Save icon that is right next to Answer Button.
  3. Done, you have successfully followed a question in yahoo answers.

How to Report a question or an answer in Yahoo Answers

Imagine a situation, you asked a question, and someone is abusing you on the comments. Or you see a comment that looks like spam. What do you do next? You Report the answer. Likewise, you can report a question, as well.

  1. To report an answer in Yahoo Answers, Click on the Flag icon on the bottom right corner of the answer panel. Likewise, to report a question, click on the flag icon on the same corner of the question panel.
  2. Now on the Report Abuse pop up box, select what type of violating did the question or the answer made. You can enter additional details in the Enter additional details here text box.
  3. Now click on the Submit button to report a question or an answer In Yahoo Answers.

Choose and rate the Best Answer in Yahoo Answers

Choosing and awarding the best answer in Yahoo Answers lets the community know that the answer was helpful. You can pick an answer to the question you posted and pin it as the best answer. This way, the answer is always on the top of the list of answers to your question. You will have the ability to pick the best answer one hour after posting a question. Now, here is how you can choose and rate the best answer in Yahoo Answers.

  1. Sign in to Yahoo Answers,
  2. Click your username on the left sidebar of your window right below the Notifications.
  3. Click on the My Questions Tab to view the questions you asked.
  4. Now, select a Question.
  5. Scroll down to the answers; you will see Award Best Answer on each comment.
    Click on the Award Best Answer to the answer, which was helpful.
  6. Now rate the best answer.
  7. Finally, click on the Submit Button to award an answer the best answer.

How to Increase Your Level in Yahoo Answers

Yahoo answers is a fun website where you get to ask questions and answer other queries. In question and answer platform, you gain levels too. More you level up more the questions you can answer and ask a question. Your level depends on the points, which are known as Yahoo answer points. As you answer a question, you gain 2 points while you will lose 5 points when you ask a question. However, when your answer gets a tag of the Best answer, you will earn 10 points.

Here are some tips to increase your level in Yahoo Answer:

  1. Make an effort and give Yahoo Answers a bit of your time. Logging in gives you 1 point a day.
  2. Give answers to the question that is asked. You will get 2 points when you answer a question.
  3. Answer the question you know most about. This will help you explain your answer better.
  4. Likewise, give short answers and be polite; if your answer comes up as the best answer, you will earn 10 points.
  5. Ask little or no question; this way, you will not lose your points.
  6. Answer questions using proper grammar and spellings.

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