Ask the original Q & A engine, is now seeking to reintroduce a new product, “Silicon Alley Insider posted a PR email outlining the plan:
“On July 29th, Ask will announce a brand new product aimed at delivering the best answers to people’s questions through a unique hybrid approach (think: a little bit search, a little bit social) that’s not available on Web today. As you know, search landscape has evolved tremendously over past few years and many search companies are attempting to tackle Q & A space, but so far neither search nor social media alone as met this need.
With an avid userbase of people seeking questions (over one million questions per day; more than any other established or startup Q & A service online) and the best new technologies and products to meet this need, Ask knows that it’s best positioned to capitalize on this opportunity online”
Here’re some other Q & A/answer/help engines: Aardvark (Google), Answers.com, Askville (Amazon), ChaCha, Facebook Q & A (not yet formally launched), kgb, Quora (started by former Facebookians), and Yahoo Answers.