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How can I get more answers to General Section questions?

Asked by iwannamakemovies (233 points ) July 9th, 2010

How can I get myself out there in Fluther and get good answers often? Like every time I ask a question I get 10 answers

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CMaz's avatar

Expand on you type of questions. Get all NSFW.

Seaofclouds's avatar

It depends on what you are asking. If you are asking very technical questions, people might not answer as often once they feel someone else has thoroughly answered the question, instead they’ll give the answers they like GA’s and move on.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Watch what others ask and how their questions attract responses. There is no formula.

That being said, the question must engage the reader intellectually and/or emotionally.
The question must not be one we see asked in one form or another all the time.

If the question is based on your personal circumstances explain them clearly, succinctly and honestly.

Please express yourself grammatically and with good spelling and avoid “textspeak.”

Cruiser's avatar

You are in the land of GA experts and if you do not have a solid correct answer in 5 answers, the issue is with the question not the answers. Conversely if you get more than 10 answers in the General section you again probably could have asked a better question. Less is more here in the General Section in my opinion. You want lots of answers ask it in social and like @ChazMaz said spice it up!

iwannamakemovies's avatar

I also wanna ask questions I care about and NEED answers to. I don’t wanna be restricted to what I can ask. I know I’m not getting prosecuted for asking questions that are too specific.

Jeruba's avatar

You’ve asked two questions. This is the second. That’s not a very large sample to generalize from.

AmWiser's avatar

Questions asked in the General Section is to help people get answers. Like @Seaofclouds said, if the question has been answered, people tend to move on. No use beating a dead horse. Now if you ask a more personal question that you honestly need real answers to, it seems the responses will be more.

Seaofclouds's avatar

Specific questions will have specific answers. When you ask those questions in the general section, you will only get answers from people that know the answer or think they know the answer.People that don’t have a clue will move on. That’s why it greatly depends on what you are asking.

Your first question asked for specific information, so you will only get answers from people that are familiar with that. Also, you might have to give it some time to get answers. We have people on fluther from all over the world and within many different proffessions. It could be that the people that have answers for you may not have been online to read your question yet.

iwannamakemovies's avatar

I noticed that fluther gives us something called ‘Questions for you’. How do they decide what questions are for you

CMaz's avatar

#10 Yea!

Seaofclouds's avatar

The “questions for you” are determined by what you put as your interests in your profile. Also, when you add someone to your fluther, you will get the questions they ask as well.

jrpowell's avatar

Your three questions were about some pretty specific stuff when it comes to editing video. Most people don’t know what chroma key is. One person offered you advice for some free software and you pretty much said free software is shit and you want it to at least be 50 dollars.

I’m not shocked people aren’t bending over backwards to help you.

casheroo's avatar

I always add “sex” to my topics. People come in flocks.

CMaz's avatar

What?! Sex? WHERE!

BoBo1946's avatar

@iwannamakemovies don’t have an answer for your questions, but would not sweat it. I asked one question and did not get one response. My conclusion, it was a shitty question!” Did not take it personal…after all, at the end of the day, who cares!

iwannamakemovies's avatar

ok my question was “what editing software has all this” so i listed a bunch of stuff, then i put in my standards like windows vista and price range

how could i word it in a way that would get answers

cause my standards are pretty specific, seemingly

anartist's avatar

Hope nobody wrecks a good thing while it is happening. There was a mini revolution on the “said or sed” Q. People wouldn’t stop. Mods modded. Jellies joked. It would not stop. It started in General but got moved to social after about 60 answers and all redacts were removed. the Q is and it started in General. @kikibirdjones is the heroine of the moderator wars. It was the CIA thread with a happy ending.

BoBo1946's avatar

@iwannamakemovies not sure what you are saying….

anartist's avatar

REVOLUTION! Overwhelm the mods with good-natured wit.
check out the thread in the link “is” above. ^^

iwannamakemovies's avatar

how do i word a seemingly specific question in a way that people would answer it?

anartist's avatar

Just ask. and add a proviso that humor is welcome.

Seaofclouds's avatar

@iwannamakemovies There isn’t a problem with your wording. The reason you aren’t getting as many answers as you seem to want is because there may not be many people with experience with editing software. It’s just a matter of who has what experience and is online to answer your question.

BoBo1946's avatar

@iwannamakemovies my advise, use the “Kiss philosophy,” keep it simple..will stop there! loll

anartist's avatar

Are you the one who wanted video editing software worthy of network tv for $150?

iwannamakemovies's avatar

Do you have any tips on question titles, to keep people hooked or interested??

iwannamakemovies's avatar

i dont really think its network tv. color correction is common in consumer software. I actually found the perfect software for $130, but the deal breaker for that was its from pinnacle studio. and pinnacle always crashes.

iwannamakemovies's avatar

i didnt even ask for chroma keying (green screen)
text with animation i think is in moviemaker
extra audio is common for $50 software
luma keying is just taking out the color black, so i can use explosions and fire from detonationfilms.com
picture in picture is used for that too, and its common in $100 software.
I know that 16:9 is in a $100 program called pinnacle studio (which crashes)

Seaofclouds's avatar

@iwannamakemovies Technical questions, like the one you asked, probably aren’t going to keep anyone “hooked” as there really isn’t a discussion. To get an idea of what works, check out the questions and answers that are already posted.

Buttonstc's avatar

Do you think a high number of answers somehow makes a Q more worthy or valuable or something ?

Do you just want answers or do you want quality answers ?

I and many other people who know absolutely nothing about video editing software could chime in with totally useless information and give the question a higher number of answers, but what good would that do ?

I know zero about editing software other than what I have read on computer mags, but NO real life experience. Do you really want someone like me answering those questions?

If your primary goal is getting a lot of answers, then ask a Q in social and let every jokester have a crack at it.

If your goal is to get a good answer to your Q then stop worrying about the answer count. You can’t force people to acquire knowledge they don’t have. Whoever has experience with editing software will most likely weigh in with an opinion. Everybody else will pass it by, as they rightfully should since they have nothing helpful to contribute.

Having a lot of answers is not like a merit badge or something. Fluther doesn’t work that way. It’s much more about quality than quantity.

(unless it’s a CIA type of question :)

mrentropy's avatar

Ask a good, general, interesting question that taps into interests of others. Like, “What else is cottage cheese for besides eating plain, possibly with pineapple chunks thrown in?”

Although, my usual method is to suddenly have a thought, look around the internet for an answer, not find one, and then post it on here. I don’t think I have any record setting questions, but I’m going for knowledge more than popularity.

iwannamakemovies's avatar

how do i get at least one good answer
like how do i get that person to answer my question
or find a software expert

Seaofclouds's avatar

You got several answers to your question, do you really feel like none of them were good answers?

BoBo1946's avatar

@Seaofclouds ditto…i give! “Calfroped!” Maybe, we are getting “our chains yanked!”

mrentropy's avatar

@Seaofclouds Yeah, I was just going to say that.

@iwannamakemovies You also have to keep in mind the population of the site. If 90% of the people have no knowledge of your question then you have less of a chance of getting a usable answer. In that case, you just have to shrug and move on.

As a ‘fer instance,’ I could ask a detailed question about BeOS, but I’d be surprised if ten people on the whole site ever heard of it, much less could answer a question about it.

HungryGuy's avatar

Ask your questions in the Social section, even if they’re serious questions. Some people, such as myself, avoid answering questions in the General section due to the censorship.

perspicacious's avatar

Put your questions in the social section; some people only look there for questions.

jrpowell's avatar

You find a site that caters to video editing. Here is where I would start. http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewforum.php?f=6

Cruiser's avatar

Mention Republicans are great and you will get all the attention you can stand and then some!! Guaranteed 75 answers every time! ;D

Buttonstc's avatar

@mrentropy

Surprisingly, me, the technotard, has heard of BeOs. That was one of the strongest cpntenders in Steve Job’s mind for the new revamped OS for the new iteration of Macs shortly after the fruit flavored ones debuted. But OSX based upon Unix won out and BeOs is now in the dustbin of history.

But could I answer any significant questions about its operation on a practical level?

Ha ha. Surely you jest :)

anartist's avatar

@iwannamakemovies color correction is tricky. color corrected for what? And is your monitor or are your monitors calibrated to give you any real view of the final product?

jonsblond's avatar

@Cruiser You’ve got it. Just two words are needed- Sarah Palin.

iwannamakemovies's avatar

Color correction like saturation, contrast, and that kind of stuff.
And i have no idea what you mean by calibrated to see final product.

Does the final product always look different than what you see when you edit? And I don’t have my computer yet. I’m getting it after the software, but I’m assuming it’s gonna be a windows vista. Anyway, are there pre-calibrated monitors? If not, how do I calibrate it?

Jeruba's avatar

If the topic is “How can I get more answers to General Section questions?” I think a discussion of software and monitors is way, way off topic.

SmashTheState's avatar

I answered your original question, the one that got moderated. I suggested the use of Virtualdub, and pointed out that it’s completely free, and that there are a shitload of plugins for it which will do whatever you need it to do. Your answer was that free stuff sucks, you want to pay at least $50. (At which point I offered to sell you a copy of VirtualDub for $50.)

The reason you may not be getting many answers is people see you’re being narrowminded or dismissive of the answers already given, and decide not to waste their own time.

mrentropy's avatar

@Buttonstc That’s one person more than I would have thought :)

I, on the other hand, could probably answer any question you like if you had one. It was my only OS for quite a while.

jrpowell's avatar

@SmashTheState pretty much nails it.

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