While members are not paid by Yahoo to answer questions,
some members pay Yahoo in order to post their answers.
If you browse the Health categories, you'll find numerous members
who post computer-generated spam answers that read like this:
"I'm a doctor. You should take Tramodal. Go to this site for more information:"
and then they post a link to their on-line drug company.
Since the vast majority of members here are minor children and those
companies are effectively posting ads to sell drugs to them, any company
in Yahoo's position which sincerely cared about the safety and welfare
of its' members would have by now publicly reprimanded those drug-peddlers
and taken legal action against them if they persisted in their spamming.
YAHOO HAS NEVER DONE EITHER OF THOSE.
That alone proves that behind the scenes, Yahoo is ALLOWING those
drug companies to continually create membership-profiles and post
their drug-advertisements, disguised as answers, on a site full of children.
Anyone who knows big business can tell you there, must be
a huge financial incentive for Yahoo to allow such a potentially
destructive public-relations nightmare to continue unchecked.
Put quite simply: the drug companies are paying advertising-revenue
so that Yahoo DOES NOT sue them or disclose publicly that the
drug companies are marketing their products to minor children on this site.
So while most members do not get compensated directly for answering here,
some members, like those drug companies, do get to advertise here for a fee.
Also, because the majority of members here are young and inexperienced
in the ways of marketing and big business, it is assumed that such shady
business practices will go unnoticed and unquestioned by people here.
For the most part, it has, since most members here actually believe it when
Yahoo tells them those drug-company advertisements are unwanted spam.
Yahoo's own refusal to publicly chastise those companies proves otherwise.