WikiAnswers: setting the record straight.

Here’s a comment from Answers Corp CEO Bob Rosenschein:

We are admirers of Jimmy Wales but must set the record straight about the recent statement on Wikia’s site that he is the “founder of Wikianswers”.

Wikia’s Answers category is indeed one of thousands of wikis on its site, right between Ansible and Anthony Trollope. It started in November 2004 and had almost no activity for the past four years. By August 2007, the site had a total of 17 answers. By their launch last week, there were about 1,000. The site remains very small, despite their seeding thousands of unanswered questions last week.

In June of 2004, an entrepreneur named Chris Whitten bought the domain www.wikianswers.com. He pointed it to his user-generated Q&A site, then known as FAQ Farm. A vibrant community of passionate contributors formed and did a fantastic job answering questions. By the time Chris sold FAQ Farm and  wikianswers.com to us in November 2006, the site already had 280,000 questions and 200,000 answers. Shortly thereafter, we re-named the product WikiAnswers.

True to Chris’ vision, our goal is to create the world’s greatest question and answer site. We are well on our way, and the numbers tell the story best: over 8,000,000 questions (35,000 new ones every day); over 3,000,000 answers (10,000 new every day);

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16.5 million unique visitors in the US and 26.7 worldwide in December, according to comScore; over 2 million registered users; and over 500 volunteer supervisors.

We do agree with Gil Penchina, CEO of Wikia Inc., that “there is room for many organizations to be successful in organizing human knowledge.” However, Wikia is creating market confusion by associating its Q&A category with our market-leading WikiAnswers domain and site.

I would like to thank WikiAnswers founder Chris Whitten and the community that he started for their wonderful efforts building WikiAnswers. We have much to be proud of. According to comScore, by percentage growth, WikiAnswers.com was the fastest growing top 200 US domain for all of 2008.

– Robert Rosenschein
CEO, Answers Corporation

11 thoughts on “WikiAnswers: setting the record straight.

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  3. Ah, the wonderful “entrepreneur chris whitten” sat on a domain “wikianswers.com” for a couple years. Big poo. Who gives a(nother) poo that the wikia “answers” site is hardly visited? Some of the most visited sites are the most garbage-filled daft sites. Aka, “quantity not quality”. E.g., spaceface.com.
    Because of the way domain names are constructed, the answers.com subsite should be wiki.answers.com and the wikia.com subsite should be answers.wikia.com
    Problem solved. so you can now fire the excess lawyers, managers, entrepreneurs, and marketers freeing them to pursue productive activities.
    (Assuming this comment posts), yes i know that OP was feb 2009, but page is still up, and my conclusion will be forever valuable, albeit perpetually obvious :-)

    BTW Karen, drinking only 8 glasses (8oz) of water will leave you dehydrated unless you drink other h²o-containing materials throughout the year :-)

    (Yes, the “2” in h2o is supposed to be subscript)

    Also, the 1st 3 comments are spam.

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  4. I edit on Wikia… i asked a question on Wikianswers,and it was deleted because of some random reason. Wikia has a problem in that some of its admins and mods are too rule-loving and admin-like if u know what i mean

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  5. Thats great and all….but hey listen here right….i go to Gary job Corps…and we usely use wiki …so why is it that we can’t use it no more….is it because soemone baught it?
    I tryed using a proxie but i still cant get on…
    how bout u set that record stright…..because now i am using answers.com…..and none of those answers are right.

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