It can be a scary place.
Unless you've been on a deserted island for the last couple weeks, you've probably heard about Benny Johnson, the man fired from Buzzfeed for plagiarizing. During an internal investigation, the site found that Johnson had stolen lines from multiple sources, including, of all places Yahoo Answers. A man who was in charge of writing about politics was lifting some of his material from Yahoo Answers. What is the world coming to?
It wasn't until this assignment that I actually took a look at Yahoo Answers for the first time in my life. Yes, it had come up during Google searches, but I never clicked on it, because knowing it's a bunch of randos on the Internet doling out advice as if they were some sort of expert on the topic, I knew I'd rather get my answers elsewhere.
What I learned while being on Yahoo Answers last night is it's a scary place. The majority of people posing questions, especially in the "relationships" section appear to be adolescents or teenagers, and those answering them seem to run the gamut. Overall, it’s like watching a horrible accident that you can't look away from, and to think that someone was stealing from these "experts" is the type of thing that will forever confuse historians.
From what I saw, a new question is posed every few seconds. It's madness! Trying to keep up with the inquiries was practically impossible, but I was on a mission to find the most WTF love advice on there, so I kept on truckin’.
After hours of checking in and scrounging for the creepiest of the creeps, I found a handful that fit the bill. However, to say these are the most WTF responses in the history of Yahoo Answers would probably be wrong. At the rate those questions get fired off, there has to be millions of them out there on the Internet. So, for the sake of argument, I present to you the most WTF love advice on Yahoo Answers in most recent history.