Websites Offering Free Help to Students: The Stories of Homeworkify and QAnswers

Many students need help with schoolwork. They have problems understanding concepts or cannot solve difficult questions. Some students cannot afford private tutoring or coaching classes. They look online for solutions, but most of the online websites provide explanations and answers behind paywalls or, in simple terms, they charge fees. Due to this, it will be very challenging for these students to learn for free. To solve this problem, Homeworkify and QAnswers entered the market.

This article discusses two such websites in detail:

  1. Homeworkify.net
  2. QAnswers.com

Starting with a Great Vision

A website named Homeworkify.net was created. Its purpose was to provide all students with free access to knowledge and academic help.

What Homeworkify Offered

  • Answers for hard homework questions through AI
  • Explanations for concepts students found difficult
  • A search engine to get instant answers when students entered their question links

Homeworkify’s Beliefs

Homeworkify believed that:

  • Access to education is a fundamental human right
  • Knowledge should be available for free to all students

It positioned itself as a non-profit organization. It quickly became popular among students globally.

Challenges Emerge

Though starting with good intentions, Homeworkify soon faced legal concerns:

The Core Issues

  • Where did Homeworkify get answers from? Likely paid websites and content databases.
  • This raised copyright and intellectual property violation allegations.

The Outcomes

  • Complaints and disputes kept increasing.
  • Homeworkify was forced to shut down completely.
  • Its website and servers became inaccessible.

Note: Homeworkify.net was taken down and then it was redirected to another domain, Homeworkify.eu/mirror-1. This website domain was taken down as well. Now, Homeworkify.eu/mirror-1 redirects to Homeworkify.st/mirror-1. Similarly, this will likely be taken down soon, as their way of working is not legitimate.

Impact on Students

  • A large user base relying on Homeworkify lost access.
  • Students depending on the free services were badly affected.

A New Option Arrives – QAnswers.com

Seeing the gap after Homeworkify closed, a website named QAnswers started. It positioned itself differently from the start:

QAnswers’ Operating Model

  • A student-run non-profit community.
  • Reduced costs through volunteer work.
  • Created all answer content originally. No copyright issues.
  • The database of study material kept increasing through student efforts.

How Students Use QAnswers

  • Search for questions and access explained answers.
  • For new questions, get responses written by volunteers within 48 hours.
  • The number of answers and users keeps increasing.

QAnswers ensured that the students received help legally to avoid Homeworkify’s fate.

Key Learnings for Sustainability

For Similar Websites

Best intentions alone are not enough. Must evaluate and address risks like:

  • Copyright violations
  • Unsustainable, long-term operating models
  • Rapidly increasing costs that are difficult to meet

The QAnswers Approach

The QAnswers approach resolves many previous difficulties:

  • Student community reducing labor costs through volunteers
  • Platform owns all written content itself
  • Scaling answer database – minimizing new content needs
  • Some donations and ad revenue generated income for stability

This model has provided sustainable free education access legally.

Looking to the Future

The vision for free access to knowledge for all students remains powerful. Websites like QAnswers show that this can potentially be achieved through ethical and legal means. Their model provides lessons and hope for the future.

Conclusion

While starting with similar dreams to help students, Homeworkify and QAnswers took different paths:

  • Homeworkify failed due to legal compliance issues
  • QAnswers succeeded by building an ethical system to meet its vision

Through learning from their journeys, stable and legal solutions are possible. Models like QAnswers give confidence that open access to education can be a reality globally in the years ahead.