SciAnswers.com is a science related questions and answers (Q&A) site that provides members the opportunity to ask and answer questions by simply entering and submitting a question to one of the many science categories. Members can also enter a social media environment, where a question can privately be asked to a selected member or broadcasted to multiple members. This environment also provides a place for members to just mingle, blog, etc. Membership is totally free.
(PRWEB) November 12, 2009 -- What is SciAnswers.com and How Does It Work?
SciAnswers.com is an exciting new (totally free) website where SCIENTIFIC and MEDICAL EXPERTS in a wide diversity of disciplines, as well as the GENERAL PUBLIC, can communicate in a professional social environment. Members can ask science-related questions of any type by simply submitting a question to one of many science categories from the homepage. Answers to these questions can be posted and debated by any member, hopefully providing accurate and state-of-the-art solutions to questions.
Submitted questions and replies to submitted questions or entire categories of questions can be followed via Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds. Custom search engines integrated into the site allows for searching of existing questions and replies by keyword or phrase. The custom search engines also provide abstracts and other possible “keyword” solution matches from PubMed, Google, and Wikipedia.
Members can also enter a social media environment, where a question can privately be asked to a selected member or broadcasted to multiple members. This environment provides a place for member professionals to just mingle or blog.
An important feature of SciAnswers.com is the ability for members to create and administrate specific scientific or non-scientific Groups, allowing highly controlled communication between scientific professionals and others with common interests throughout the world.
The social media environment of SciAnswers.com includes at no charge some exciting features, including: Private Messaging, Friends, Groups, the Wire, Activity Streams, and Blog Tracking.
Site users must log on to engage in this free service. Requiring log on to access the SciAnswers.com full range of features helps to minimize spam on the site. The site contains a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section that may answer other concerns not otherwise addressed here.
MEMBERSHIP IS TOTALLY FREE
No, SciAnswers.com is certainly not Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, or Bebo, but like these social networking sites, membership is 100% free. It is expected that SciAnswers.com will provide a special place for scientific and medical professionals and responsible others to communicate within a “Social Media Environment” without the “silliness” of other sites. SciAnswers.com offers a large number of features that can aid in meeting the social networking needs of busy scientific and medical professionals, including:
Private Messaging works like internal site email. Members can message people on their Friends List, as well as forward and reply to received messages.
Each member will be provided with an individual Inbox, Sentbox, and Drafts folder. SciAnswers.com members can enable a feature allowing notification of new messages, including a new message count.
Like other social networking sites, SciAnswers.com members can be electronically connected when one member adds another member as a Friend, and the selected member accepts the friendship request.
Each member has a visible list of their Friends on the site. Friend Lists can be browsed, and members can click on each friend to view more information.
SciAnswers.com also provides the ability to search existing members by any piece of profile information, and then request Friendship status with those members found to share common interests.
Groups is a special feature of SciAnswers.com that allows an intellectual gathering of members throughout the world, and distribution of their wires posts for information related to a specific interest or scientific discipline.
Any SciAnswers.com member can create a group. The group originator becomes the group administrator giving him/her a number of heightened privileges within that group. The group administrator can tailor the objectives of the group and establish basic rules for the group operation.
Every group includes a place for group information and the latest group news. Groups also include a Group Forum, and Wire where group members can engage in active discussions.
The Wire feature of SciAnswers.com is an electronic meeting place (electronic café) where friends and other members can post messages and receive replies to a specific question or area of interest.
Activity Streams aggregate all activity conducted on SciAnwers.com by individual members. A further feature of Activity Streams allows you to also view all activity within the site conducted by those SciAnswers.com members that you identify as “friends”.
Wire posts, blogs posts, new friendships and blog comments are among the most popular activities that can be both viewed and recorded.
The Blogs component will aggregate within the system all blogs, blog posts and comments for any SciAnswers.com member. This means that other members can easily view all blogs that a member belongs to or owns, as well as their recent posts and comments.
The Blogs component also adds a user-friendly screen, allowing SciAnswers.com members to create new blogs at no cost.
The Forums component allows individuals or groups (e.g., science groups) to create and manage topic-related forums. For example, the existing Neuroscience Group was created to allow meaningful communication among neuroscientists on an international level. This group also allows members of the public to ask questions (e.g., related to neurological disorders and treatments) that may be debated and answered by world-class experts.
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