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How much planning do you put into questions and answers here?

Asked by wundayatta (58586points) May 8th, 2011

I know I don’t plan at all. I just write and whatever comes out—I just hit answer. It’s pretty much the same with questions. I’ll have a question in mind and I’ll write it as I think it. Especially the details.

The second part of this question is about what kind of planner/preparer you are in life. Do you always carefully plan vacations or work or whatever? Or do you just improvise everything as you go along?

I do both. I like to both know where I’m headed, but I also don’t want to be bound to the plan. I want to be free to change things as I go along. What about you?

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jerv's avatar

I surf Fluther like I surf through life; “If we had a plan, we’d be screwed!”.

The way I see it, doing anything other than “stream of consciousness” is dishonest, and I am too honest to abide. What you read is what I think, fucks, shits,, and all. The only real planning I do is spell-checking.

woodcutter's avatar

Not much, If I had to think I would probably get brain lock, or something.

Hibernate's avatar

Indeed I ask without waiting for a particular answer [ if I want that I can ask my friends whom I know how they think ^^ ]

jrpowell's avatar

About 75% percent of my answers are written and never posted. And in real life I barely plan. When I went to Europe I made it up as I went along. But I like sleeping in parks.

chewhorse's avatar

I try to pick up on the way the question is presented so that the response can be revelent to the asker, for this reason I can’t easily catch humor when it appears. I then give my opinion as I see it, sometimes from word to word. I know what I want to say but don’t know how to write it until it’s written.. Sometimes I overdo editing but that’s a writers bain.

ucme's avatar

Spontaneity is king in my world, both under the terms of your question & to a large degree in the outside world. Basically it’s a case of throwing the dice & see what comes up.
@wundayatta Didn’t you mention a while back that you have a load of questions written on pieces of paper & you pick one at random from a bowl?

Bellatrix's avatar

Never plan. Off the cuff responses in 99.99% of cases. Sometimes I see questions I would like to answer but if I need to think about the response, I usually never make it back there.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I rarely plan what I’m going to do on Fluther. The exceptions are when I’ve hit my limit of 3 questions for the day, and I still have a question to ask. I’ll write it down for the next day.

My life as a whole is not terribly planned out except for the play rehearsals and picking up kids and going here and there and…

blueiiznh's avatar

On Fluther there is no planning. Read, answer, run.
Real life, I am both. It all depends on what it is. I am very spontaneous, so there is little time for planning there. Other things I plan out but not to painful levels.
I usually just deal with life as it comes and plan on the big stuff.
Most of it is instinct and my gut is usually right.

Axemusica's avatar

I’ve trying to go the route of both. With planning and not & very very few questions work out for me. Answers are also misunderstood. I must be a complete train wreck at explaining myself, period. Maybe that’s why I always pissed off my ex’s when they asked me what I was thinking.

oh yea, this wasn’t planned. I just wrote & like @jerv said, Spell check.

YARNLADY's avatar

I’m with @blueiiznh I’m with you, read – answer – move on.

downtide's avatar

I don’t plan much, certainly not on Fluther. The only time I make meticulous plans is if I have a particular appointment I must attend which involves travelling, I’m pretty careful when it comes to planning those (if ony because I can save £50 to £100 on a train fare to London by booking it far enough in advance).

augustlan's avatar

I don’t plan, exactly, but I’m a big reviser. If a question or answer is more than a couple of sentences long, you can be sure I’ve edited it at least once before posting it.

In general, I’m not a huge planner in life, either. I plan only those things that absolutely need a plan, and take the rest as it comes. I wish I were better at planning… maybe I’d get more done.

I edited this answer once before posting it. ;)

MacBean's avatar

On Fluther, my answers are completely unplanned. I write what comes into my head and I rarely re-read or revise. When it comes to questions, though, I plan and consider them so thoroughly that in almost three years only fourteen of them have made it through my own mental screening process and actually been asked.

In life, I can’t deal with no plan but I handle detailed plans even more poorly. I have flexible guidelines at all times, or else I just can’t function. (Not that I function all that well even then, but… WHATEVS.)

CaptainHarley's avatar

Sometimes it’s fun to just “fly by the seat of your pants,” but most of the time it pays to plan ahead inasmuch as it’s possible to do so. Sometimes a question will just hit me out of the blue and I ask it mostly out of curiosity. Sometimes I will work on wording and intent very carefully. Just depends upon the subject and my mood, I guess. : )

Mariah's avatar

In real life I have to have everything planned to a T, have to know exactly what I’m getting myself into, before I do anything. On Fluther, I just type and post. For answers, that is. The questions are usually things I kick around in my head for a while before posting. Some subjects I have pre-formed and even partially pre-articulated opinions on, so in that sense I am sometimes using a “planned out” response.

bob_'s avatar

Fucking lots.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

I compose answers here about like I would carry on a face-to-face conversation. Yes, I do self-censor to some extent and think for a moment before I talk. As far as in life, about the same. I have a basic plan of what I want to do in life, but it is always open to instant re-evaluation.

dxs's avatar

Not too much. More for questions, seeing as I tend to not ask too many.

yankeetooter's avatar

I pretty much type out my answer, then edit as necessary. That’s how I write papers too.

Berserker's avatar

I don’t plan, I just write it as it comes out. I do revise it a lot though, to make sure it’s coherent lol, and to fix spelling mistakes. If it’s a really technical question though, I will plan ahead, to make sure I formulate the question properly in order to get the specific answers I need. But for stuff like that, I usually look stuff up online first.
No planning, I like to let it flow, but sometimes it gets out of control…I don’t remember what the question was, but in the details of one I asked I ended up writing a poem about Michael Myers. That happens to me in answers a lot too, writing some weird ass answer that should probbaly be modded for random assery. XD

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I ask questions about the things I am curious about.No real planning of any kind.
As for answering,I usually do that off the cuff unless it is of a political nature.Those questions always seem to need references & explanations… sighs ;)
I have to plan sometimes but I am a spontaneous person.

HungryGuy's avatar

My questions are often inspired by beer :-p

incendiary_dan's avatar

Considering that I’ve asked significantly fewer questions than others with similar lurve and time spent here, I think I carefully plan those. Sometimes I’ll build up comments and work on and revise them for hours, if it’s a really interesting debate going on and I want to get it just right.

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