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Social question and answer sites: the story so far

Shah Khusro (Department of Computer Science, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan)
Aftab Alam (Department of Computer Science, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan)
Shah Khalid (Department of Computer Science, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan)

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Article publication date: 4 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

Social question and answer (SQA) site is one of the factors that boosted up and popularized the vision of social web. It enables community members to post highly valued answers to globally asked questions and information seekers to grab intellectual information in a contextual, concise, and meaningful format at the cost of investing a few minutes. The purpose of this paper is to present a common architecture, history, and a comprehensive review of such sites.

Design/methodology/approach

A critical and analytical investigation of the state-of-the-art SQA sites and relevant literature has been carried out with the intention to explore the noticeable features of such sites.

Findings

By studying relevant literature, and analysing a number of existing systems, a number of research challenges are identified and a generic architecture of SQA sites is contributed.

Practical implications

The review contributes a comprehensive knowledge about SQA systems and aims to be helpful to new researchers who want to get a broad picture of SQA systems on a single platform. The domain is in its infancy and requires tremendous efforts from the research community to explore its salient aspects with respect to the human world.

Originality/value

The study inspects SQA sites on a large scale and makes an original contribution by presenting a comprehensive review, future research challenges, and a generic architecture of SQA sites.

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Citation

Khusro, S., Alam, A. and Khalid, S. (2017), "Social question and answer sites: the story so far", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 51 No. 2, pp. 170-192. https://doi.org/10.1108/PROG-11-2015-0073

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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