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Do you follow questions while not being a participant in the answer thread?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (30619points) February 8th, 2017

I’m curious.

I have done this with a few questions that I was interested in, but I had no knowledge of the subject matter needed to participate.

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janbb's avatar

I have at times.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I sometimes follow questions about math or science.

janbb's avatar

I sometimes follow political ones for the fun of it for a while but I only occasionally feel the need to opine any more. Also, some of the “Should I talk to him about this” ones.

chyna's avatar

I do a lot of times if it’s an interesting question but I have nothing to add.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I lurk. I’m on Fluther every commercial break and at least once per hour except when I am sleeping

BellaB's avatar

Absolutely. Love that follow button.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Not as a practice but I have on rare occasions. usually I discover there is nothing I can bring to the narrative so i fall away but check it time to time,

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I mostly lurk.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Rarely. But I don’t like to comment on something I don’t know much about. So, I shadow some threads to learn more about the subject.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I’ll follow without an answer, but not all the time.

jca's avatar

All the time. I’ll check in and “follow” and then later on when I have more time, I may or may not comment. Sometimes I may not read the entire thread (if there’s a lot on it) for weeks. Sometimes then I’ll just delete it without reading it. I did that with some election posts. I was following but not reading them, and now it’s old news so I just deleted them.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Sometimes. Especially if I think I might want to respond at a more convenient time, or after a few more people have chimed in; it can help me to form my own opinion sometimes.

Mariah's avatar

Probably about half of the activity I follow I haven’t actually commented on.

zenvelo's avatar

Add me to the number of “once in a while”. I will if I am extra curious on a subject but don’t have any insight.

janbb's avatar

No one else admits to following for the “popcorn effect”?

SergeantQueen's avatar

Yes. Being honest I have Fluther on my computer open as a tab 24/7.I don’t check it super often as usually I am working on something else but during lulls I do.
Sometimes I follow questions I haven’t answered but usually, I just follow questions I have answered.

Sneki95's avatar

Sometimes, but I give up after a while. I don’t have enough attention to read alla them answers. I rarely stop following though. I may have enough will power to read through it.

Soubresaut's avatar

All the time! I was following this thread without commenting—admittedly only for a few hours—and then I realized the irony and felt compelled to respond.

Rarebear's avatar

Sometimes I will follow the medical questions to make sure nobody is giving shitty advice.

chyna's avatar

^And it’s much appreciated.

rojo's avatar

Quite frequently.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Sometimes.

ragingloli's avatar

If it is not interesting enough to participate, then it is not interesting enough to follow, either.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Use your imagination, loli.

Strauss's avatar

I usually use the “follow this question” button I need more time to compose and/or research an answer.

JLeslie's avatar

Sometimes. I don’t do it very often though. There have been times I follow, and don’t intend to comment, but then once the discussion ensues I begin to form an opinion and join in. Most times when I lurk it’s a “general” question that I’m very interested in the answer, and it’s not an opinion oriented question.

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