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AnswerBag

Features: Launched in 2003, AnswerBag is one of the oldest Q&A sites. Members get points for asking and answering questions as well as for rating other members’ questions and answers. After earning a certain number of points, members “level up” from Beginner to Novice, Contributor, Wiz, Authority, Expert, and ultimately Professor. Bloggers or webmasters can embed customized AnswerBag “widgets” in their own pages, so that visitors to a site about restoring antiques, for example, can ask AnswerBag members questions about restoration. Points: 1

Is there any truth to the five-second rule? All of AnswerBag’s answers about the five-second rule pertained to basketball. Points: 0

Why did the Mormons settle in Utah? By press time–two and a half days after I posted the question–I had received only one answer at AnswerBag. Here it is, edited for brevity (like all the answers quoted here): “The church believes that God directed Brigham Young, Joseph Smith’s successor as President of the Church, to call for the Mormons to organize and migrate west, beyond the western frontier of the United States to start their own community away from traditional American society.” That’s more or less in line with the best answers to this question at other sites. Points: 1

What is the best way to make a grilled cheese sandwich? I rated the answers to this question purely according to their mouthwateringness. The best AnswerBag answer, out of six: “Grate cheddar cheese or similiar [sic] and then add about a quarter of the same amount of Lancashire, cheshire or similiar [sic] crumbly white cheese. Mix them together with a couple of spoonfuls of milk until the consistency goes like thick cottage cheese. Add lots of black pepper. Spread on lightly toasted buttered bread and put back under the grill until the cheese melts and is golden brown. Delish.” Points: 2

Total points: 4

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