Yahoo just scuttled a primary motivator for posting to Yahoo Answers
Someone, probably a new MBA who wears bow ties and suspenders, scuttled the "best answers" section on Answers. In doing so, the site lost a primary motivator for participation. I'm a level 7 member and have been a member for quite a long time. The first thing I check on sign-in is my new or no best answers. This guides me to the areas where I am most helpful and motivates me to continue adding answeres to help others. Someone has taken away the coach's half-time motivational pitch, and I'm much less inclined to "win one for the Gipper". While it may cost $0.0037 in mainframe time per answer, it would be a big boost to my, and probably other's motivation to participate.
While we're on the subject, how about penalizing members who do not choose a "favorite answer". You could program a follow up that encourages selecting a favorite answer, gives an option like "none of these related to my question", and dock them like five points if they don't answer in a set number of days. My best answers have declined from 16% to 13%, and it seems this is due to no favorite answer having been chosen. Maybe put a motivational psychologist on the team?
[Deleted User] commented
> how about penalizing members who do not choose a "favorite answer"?
NO. if none of the answers stand out, there's no point in choosing one as best
Henry Boyter commented
You can still see the BAs in the notifications (last I checked).