|Type of site||Collaboration|
|Launched||December 8, 2006|
Unlike the Google Answers service (2002-2006), Askville is designed to run much like a computer game. Users gain or lose "experience points" in particular topics as they answer questions in those topics, depending on how good their answer is. Users also receive "quest gold" by asking and answering questions, and by voting on the worth of other people's answers. In the past, these coins could be redeemed for items in an Askville store. The store is out of stock at present and there is no indication when, or if, it will open again.
Also unlike other question-answer sites, Askville has evolved into a social community as well as an information site. This is primarily due to their discussion boards, where Askvillians can enter into long discussions sparked by individual questions. Though indeed sparked by the questions, discussions often take on a personality of their own. No "experience points" or "quest gold" are awarded for discussions, but many Askvillians have come to value the give-and-take, the bickering, and especially the supportive friendships made there.
There are a variety of topics for questions, many user created. Besides answering factual and opinion questions, members can help others identify a book remembered from childhood or find a special recipe. There is a strong camaraderie among many of the members.
As of August 2008, members of the Askville community complained of a lack of moderation and participation from the Askville administrators. In response, Askville appointed a community manager to track and handle user feedback, and the site management made a commitment to more effectively enforce their policies. The voting system underwent a major revision, including the addition of anonymous voting.
In December 2008 Amazon announced that work on Questville, a planned addition to Askville, would be postponed indefinitely. In 2011, Amazon filed a new trademark application on Questville, and reactivated the Questville blog.
On March 23, 2012, staff announced that after almost seven years, Askville Bonus questions would cease being offered to Amazon Mechanical Turk in early April 2012 due to a change in operating strategies at Askville. On April 13, 2012, Askville staff posted a "Farewell from Askville Team".
November 2013: The Askville sign-up page is only linked from the FAQ page, and does not provide for sign-up. http://askville.typepad.com/ is blanked.
Askville launched the Askville Awards in April 2009. These awards are an attempt by Askville to reward its long-standing and active members and motivate the newer members. There are currently several different awards, including the Veteran Award and the Orientation Award. The former is for members who have been with Askville for a year or more, and the latter is for the members who are new to the site. Awards show up on the public profiles of all members.
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- Turker Nation - a forum created by workers to discuss requesters, HITs, and MTurk in general