(Gawkwire.com) Building on Wikia’s success in helping people create communities for more than 100,000 wiki sites, Wikia is now doing the same for question and answer sites by offering tools for people to build their own. Wikia’s new service allows people to instantly create a Q&A site on any topic of interest in an easy question and answer format. Q&A site founders receive free promotion and support from Wikia to establish and grow new communities.
"Now you can create your own Q&A site and be recognized as an expert on any topic you’re passionate about in a way that is fast and easier than starting a new website," said Gil Penchina, CEO of Wikia. "Many passionate contributors to Yahoo! Answers, WikiAnswers and Answerbag are now finding the sites are too big and cluttered. At Wikia’s answer sites, they can work with a smaller community that is focused only on the topics they love. Our research shows that Q&A sites succeed when a strong sense of community and passion are focused on a single topic. When you have this combination, Q&A sites become a "brand" in their niche community in a way that a portal never can."
People can learn how to start a Q&A site by visiting http://www.wikia.com/Answers_from_Wikia It takes just two minutes, and no technical experience or wiki knowledge is required to start a Q&A site. All of Wikia’s Q&A sites are open for anyone to contribute. New questions posted on the sites are promoted throughout Wikia’s existing communities to help recruit enthusiastic volunteers and make the site and its founder successful. Unlike other Q&A sites, Wikia does not require any registration and people retain the copyright to the content they post.
"My Q&A site http://inquiringmoms.answers.wikia.com is a great opportunity for moms everywhere to connect, ask questions and distribute their own wisdom and experience to one another," said Halley McPolin, founder of the Inquiring Moms site. "Inquiring Moms is an easy, one-stop location for working mothers, stay-at-home moms, those who are expecting and anyone else who feels they can benefit or help others with parenthood."
In Wikia’s first year after re-launching Wikianswers in 2009, thriving Q&A sites in a dozen languages are attracting over one million visitors a month. Today Wikianswers offers over 600,000 questions with more than 150,000 answered. Wikia recently launched the first do-it-yourself niche Q&A sites created by individuals which include http://everythingauto.answers.wikia.com http://Justin-Bieber.answers.Wikia.com http://clubpenguin.answers.Wikia.com Within three months each site has generated a rich collection of questions and answers, and is attracting thousands of interested visitors.