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Do you follow questions you don't comment on?

Asked by hug_of_war (10725points) May 5th, 2009

I often folow questions that interest me but that I can’t really add anything to, do you?

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cookieman's avatar

Yup. Same thing.

asmonet's avatar

Occasionally, more now than I did when I first started. Sometimes, it’s something I would like to add to but am running out the door and can’t, so I follow as a bookmark and reminder, generally I end up just watching those threads as the discussion gets so involved by the time I get around to it that I’d rather read.

Lupin's avatar

Yes. But only for a day or three. I might not have time to answer properly so I put it off. By the time I get to it, either everything that needs to be said has been, or the conversation has become an endless “Do Loop” so I hit the Delete.
Sometimes it’s fun to just read comments from certain people for the entertainment value.

knitfroggy's avatar

I generally don’t. Not sure why, because I find a lot of questions interesting even if I don’t have anything to add.

GAMBIT's avatar

Yes I have many days when I just want to read and not participate.

cak's avatar

Sometimes. Depends on the question – but it’s usually a comment someone made, that piqued my interest.

May2689's avatar

Yes, sometimes. Maybe questions related to a world event, just to inform me

casheroo's avatar

Like others, sometimes. I find some questions and answers very interesting, but don’t have anything to add.

gailcalled's avatar

(How do I bookmark a question that I want to revisit, on Mac Leopard?)

I too skip a lot, due to repetition, topics that I left behind long ago, philosophical debates that the philosophers did better, and anything relating to alcohol, drugs, poop, and “awesomeness.” I also check out some avatars to see whether I can predict the answer before I read the text. Occasionally, I will try to guess the jokes, humor, or rebuttals.

squirbel's avatar

:) do you have me figured out gail? I may just have to change!

I am an auto-didact. I will follow questions that answer something I don’t know, for instance anything related to woodworking. But I have a very strong preference for objective questions, as opposed to subjective ones. I often stop following subjective questions after I’ve written an answer.

dynamicduo's avatar

Not anymore. I’ve also given up on keeping my Activity for You down to low numbers. I simply don’t have the time nor inclination to care about it.

asmonet's avatar

@gailcalled: I assume you’re using Safari, if you are then this might help. :)

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

All the time. There are questions of interest to me that I have no scope to participate in so I read up on those that might. Other questions might be sensitive and very personal to where I’m uncomfortable to share but still interested in others perspective.

janbb's avatar

Yes, all the time. (I was trying to be humorous and not answer this one, but how would you know?) I often read the posts in very contentious questions without commenting, but also as @hungryhungryhortence subjects that are more private than I want to comment on or subjects that I don’t know about but want to learn more on.

gailcalled's avatar

@asmonet: Oh, that? I use it all the time but thought maybe there was a way to flag a question, the way I can my email.

So I start a folder called “fluther” and throw the bookmarked questions into it?

wundayatta's avatar

Very rarely do I follow a question I haven’t weighed in on. Part of the problem is that I already have too many questions I’m following anyway. The other thing is that there probably aren’t all that many issues that I don’t have an opinion on.

augustlan's avatar

I follow some that I might want to answer later (read: after I’m done w/ mod duties) and others that I am not qualified to answer, but want to know more about… particularly computer questions that may be of help to me.

Divalicious's avatar

I follow questions that I will refer to again in the future. For example, the reading list question. I didn’t weigh in on the discussion, but I’m happily working my way through the list.

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