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Is there a difference between "questions answered" and the actual number of answers one has contributed to the collective?

Asked by ezraglenn (3497points) May 12th, 2008

As in, does your “questions answered” go up if you answer the same question twice? And if it doesn’t, how can we know how many answers we’ve written?

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richardhenry's avatar

Let’s find out. My current answer figure is 343 (before posting).

Edit: As expected, it is now 344.

ezraglenn's avatar

apparently not, since I just answered one question twice, and it stayed at 317.

richardhenry's avatar

Post again.

Edit: It stayed the same, as you confirmed.

ezraglenn's avatar

Oh, I suppose now it is 318. Unless answering your own question doesnt count! AH! fluther mystery!

ezraglenn's avatar

Yeah, 318, so answering your own question does count. This was proactive.

richardhenry's avatar

Really? Now I’m confused…

Edit: Never mind. I misread it. :)

ezraglenn's avatar

why, what happened?

TheHaight's avatar

362 (attempt 362 failed)

ezraglenn's avatar

not fair!
It doesnt go up for me…

TheHaight's avatar

no mine didn’t go up either. Started at 360, went to 361 and tried “attempt 362” and It didn’t.

ezraglenn's avatar

oh. good to know.

ezraglenn's avatar

wait, I think I might have the answer to our problems…
it’s the fluther score visualizer, created by flutherer PaulC. It’s sort of indirect, but if you multiply your answers/day times the number of days you’ve been on fluther, you should get approximately the number of total answers you have written EVER.

so that means I have… FUCK. it says 318. DAMNIT.

apologies for the expletives…

ezraglenn's avatar

Okay, so the world may never know.

TheHaight's avatar

haha, don’t stress too much on this!! :D

ben's avatar

@ezraglenn I can solve your mystery. Your current total number of answers is: 409.

Excellent deductions, everyone. We’ll take this into consideration…

richardhenry's avatar

@ben: Some fun stats on the profiles wouldn’t go amiss. :)

paulc's avatar

@ezraglenn, actually my visualizer simply scrapes the user information page so its not privy to any data beyond what you see there. I’m glad you looked into this, I had never really noticed the discrepancy.

ccatron's avatar

if you answer the same question twice, you are still only answering 1 question, so I wouldn’t think the number for “questions answered” would change after the first time you gave an answer for that question. If there were a stat for “answers given”, then I could see that number being higher than “questions answered”.

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