People are on the internet for various purposes. One of them is to seek knowledge. This makes people to ask a lot of random questions. The truth is that a random question posted on the internet will definitely draw a random answer. Therefore, Question and Answer (Q&A) platforms, like NiBERNET are created for the purpose of giving specific answers to specific questions.
What is NiBERNET?
NiBERNET is a question-and-answer website where people go to share and gain specific information about Nigeria. Contents shared on the site are produced by users. This means that they are created firsthand for specific purposes, edited to serve the platform better, and organized by the same people that use the website.
Having read the description of NiBERNET, I’ll go further to tell you why NiBERNET should be your best choice over other research tools on the internet. NiBERNET allows you certain privileges which other research tools won’t offer you, because;
- It allows you to socialize with people who have the knowledge you seek or those who seek the knowledge you share
- It allows you to follow questions and/or answers that interest you.
- It avails you privilege to high-quality questions and answers.
- It lets vote on questions and/or answers to highlight the most useful information on the platform.
- NiBERNET is free!
Let’s go over the basics of NiBERNET and what you need to know before you start using it.
How to use NiBERNET
Basically, NiBERNET aims to bring together a community of people who share and learn from each other about Nigeria. The platform is purpose-driven and easy to use. It is super easy to use NiBERNET to share your knowledge with others and learn from them as well. The platform is especially beneficial for students, researchers, opinion moulders and teachers who are looking to build, learn and share their knowledge around the Nigeria discourse.
To participate in NiBERNET, you need to create and have an account. There are various categories to share your knowledge on. Compose your questions or answers and share them for the benefit of others who need them.
Besides sharing knowledge by either asking and answering questions, you can upvote or downvote a question or answer as a way of reacting to it. When a question or answer is upvoted, the questioner/answerer gets a certain number of points to encourage them. If downvoted, they lose points.
As points increase, badges are earned – the first to earn is the ‘new’ badge earned at point 50. Users who stand out get verified by NiBERNET for their outstanding contribution towards improving knowledge on the platform.
How to ask questions on NiBERNET
After you’ve created an account, you can start using NiBERNET. This includes asking and answering questions on the site.
To ask a question on NiBERNET, click the blue Ask a Question tab in the top right corner.
Having done that, a box will pop up just as this:
Then you will add your question title (The main question you wish to ask). For example: Why should I choose NiBERNET over other research tools on the internet? You must ensure that your question title is clear and brief. After that, you will carefully add details to your question (explain more for anyone to understand the specificness of your question) For example: I am new to NiBERNET and I wish you know the basics of the platform so I can use it gainfully in my quest to expand my knowledge on specific issues relating to Nigeria. then click Publish your Question button. After that, simply sit back and wait for others to respond to you.
How to answer questions on NiBERNET
Because people who ask specific questions expect specific answers, you should be answering someone’s question on NiBERNET only if you have an accurate knowledge on that topic to be able to answer to the question. You don’t have to respond to questions with social media vibes. The only way a website like NiBERNET can thrive is if all users value the questions and answers of others.
To answer questions on NiBERNET is simple. You are faced with questions related to the different topics you follow. Click on one of those questions you have a versed knowledge in and click the Answer button.
When you are done, click Submit button. Please note, should you provide poor answers, it will be downvoted and you will lose points. An upvote earns you more points.
How to upvote and downvote answers on NiBERNET
Another feature on NiBERNET that is helpful to users is the upvote and downvote options. If you see an answer on NiBERNET that you think perfectly satisfies the question presented, you can upvote it. On the other hand, if you see an inaccurate and uninformative answer, you can downvote it.
The number of upvotes and downvotes on a particular response will affect its visibility. If a response has a lot of upvotes, it is seen as valid, and NiBERNET will push it to the sidebar for trend. If an answer has more downvotes, users see it as invalid, and NiBERNET will not prioritize it for others to see.
Here’s what the screen looks like beneath the section for an answer on NiBERNET. The upvote button is labeled to the left pointing upwards. The downvote button is on the right pointing downwards. Should you mistakenly vote opposite of your wish, you are at liberty to change your vote. But you can’t vote more than once for a question or answer.
The best answers are selected by specified users who have earned such authority on the platform through their reputation.