As anyone ever went to the math section of Yahoo?. The traffic on that site is unbelievable. The posts roll in continuously and the traffic is more than even here or any forum I have been to. I don't really want to call it a forum. The posts run a broad gamut, from beginning algebra to calculus to even abstract algebra. This is a site which has no Latex and, all in all, is very lame compared to our wonderful math forum. Just an observation. It just makes me wonder.
For those of you who aren't familiar:
Mathematics - Yahoo! Answers
Yes, I reckon you're correct. Anyone can post, right or wrong. But, if anyone does give an erroneous answer, there are others to chime in and point it out quite rapidly. That, and yahoo is very widespread in that it has a huge forum all the way around and folks use it for email and such. It's just a shame that these folks don't know about math sites like this one.
My guess is that because yahoo is very well known and has a part where you can put your questions (yahooanswers part). I think that many math students just ask the questions there, because they think they will get an answer very fast (due to the amount of people), and simply because they don't even know that there exists math forums where you can ask questions. Also most of them won't know what Latex is. But for sure, if they find mathhelpforum, I'm pretty sure they will post on here instead of yahoo.
EDIT : If I recall well, I think that if you answer a question once, you can't answer anymore. It means that if the asker doesn't understand what you answered, then you cannot explain it to him. (Pretty bad system).
Because mathematics is the hardest thing for most people to learn at school, so they ask alot of questions, and yahoo is a world famous site..
And because everyday people think to them self after watching a movie "****, i'm going to be pro in math, this rule"
ETC.
Sure, the name recognition is part of it. But let's analyze a bit deeper. How many Americans are on that forum? I'd venture a guess to say a pretty high percentage.
What do we know about Americans? They want their answers like they want their coffee, as fast as possible with no hassle. Many times, when dealing with tutors, students don't want a big hassle. They want to learn, but not have to deal with the "high and mighty" attitude you get from some tutors. These kids don't want to hear a 5 page thesis on the foundations of calculus. They want to make it to college, with a double mocha latte to go. Good morning, Good afternoon, Good night.
Not counting math websites, but face to face contact, the most successful tutors I know are good teachers, but more importantly, they get to the point with their students, and fast. Time spent and results is the general equation. Many times, students may have one of the smartest teachers in the world, but a poor passing rate in their class. A teacher, like a software, or a website, is only as good as the results it produces for the people that use that service.
Case in point: Google. A white page with blue links, yet nobody can touch them in speed and search relevance accuracy. Which goes back to my coffee analogy.
I have tried it many times. I have asked questions but it not appeared on my mail or on that place. i.e. it doesn't apppear instantaniously .Rather my mail is not opening now.
Please tell me how to recognize name there.