Chapter 18

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Yahoo was an early web entity that provided easy, simple access to the Web for happy, simple people, God bless them. You typically don't see hardcore computer people on Yahoo.

That's the perception, and among the phenomena that reinforce the perception are the questions/answers pages in Yahoo: Ask Yahoo and Yahoo Answers. The questions in Yahoo are generally very normal questions from very normal people, and the answers in Yahoo are generally useless chin music from people who have no idea what the answer is, but feel confident to contribute to the world of totally fictional knowledge. Often it seems like the answer-writers are children.