martinibuster - 11:33 pm on Feb 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
That isn't much of a forum. It's a community for people who freelance for ehow. The community doesn't add anything to eHow, it's just an inefficient faq, easily replaced by a proper faq that answers common questions.
What's in it for eHow?
1.It lets them reduce overhead by replacing an inefficent FAQ with a real one.
2. This is purely speculative, but the move allows eHow to potentially grow their content contributors. Each of their current writers are connected to other people who are outside of the current eHow base. There is no better recommendation than that of your friends and relatives. This will expose the writing opportunities to more people, increasing the available supply with the corresponding decrease in the cost of articles.
No doubt eHow would love to move the cost of content as close to FREE as they can get.