Developing a Typology of Online Q&A Models and Recommending the Right Model for Each Question Type

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Conference Proceeding


Although online Q&A services have increased in popularity, the field lacks a comprehensive typology to classify different kinds of services into model types. This poster categorizes online Q&A services into four model types – community‐based, collaborative, expert‐based, and social. Drawing such a distinction between online Q&A models provides an overview for how these different types of online Q&A models differ from each other and suggests implications for mitigating weaknesses and bolstering strengths of each model based on the types of questions that are addressed within each. To demonstrate differences among these models an appropriate service was selected for each of them. Then, 500 questions were collected and analyzed for each of these services to classify question types into four categories – information‐seeking, advice‐seeking, opinion‐seeking, and non‐information seeking. The findings …