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Why do you answer the questions so quickly?

Asked by berlin (14points) May 5th, 2009

I was really surprised to see my first question so quickly and informatively answered. How can this be? I mean, are you literally waiting for questions the whole time? And if I may ask, what is your motivation to do answer people’s questions so quickly and informatively?

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jlm11f's avatar

Who doesn’t like instant gratification? When people are on Fluther, they refresh the main page often and if they see your Q and know the answer, then they pounce on it. That’s kind of the point…

As for motivation, we are a community. We like our questions to be answered and get help when we need it and we like to do the same for others. Just because I am answering your Q right now doesn’t mean someone who logs on in the evening and sees it won’t answer it. All it means is I am logged on now, and they are logged on then.

Psst. Now it’s your turn. Go answer some questions that you feel you are knowledgeable about!

sjmc1989's avatar

So you can have the best answer the quickest

andrew's avatar

(We also notify users when questions might interest them).

dynamicduo's avatar

I pop onto the site from time to time throughout my day. It’s a side effect of spending most of my time online. I also type fast, which helps a lot. As for my motivation for answering a question, that’s a big mix of reasons, one of which is that I enjoy reaffirming/refining my knowledge by conveying it to others.

wundayatta's avatar

I don’t know about you, but I perch on the back of my chair, eyes locked on the screen, waiting to pounce on the next question I can! I mean, why not? Doesn’t everyone do that? Last I heard, the rumor of life outside fluther was proven to be a malicious virus, fostered by the Women’s Anti-Flutheration League (wafl).

May2689's avatar

I like to be one of the first people to answer a question.

spresto's avatar

Meh! Just clever I guess.

Judi's avatar

stay a little longer…. you’ll get it. it’s an addiction

jbfletcherfan's avatar

If I see something interests me, I jump on it. Why wait?

Fyrius's avatar

The sooner you post what you have to say, the less posts you’ll have to plough throught to be sure it hasn’t been said already. :P
So what if I’m lazy?

squirbel's avatar

I love waffles :d

augustlan's avatar

@squirbel Blasphemy! Everyone knows pancakes are better. :)

Whatever the reason, aren’t you glad?

AstroChuck's avatar

We are all just so damn competitive, that’s all.

squirbel's avatar

I love pancakes. :D

I have seen the light!

cwilbur's avatar

I check out the new questions a couple times a day. If I see a question that I can answer, I do.

I suspect that there are 30+ people doing something similar, and random chance means that there’s usually someone looking at the site when someone else posts a new question.

toomuchcoffee911's avatar

chuckle…“what’s your motivation?”

AstroChuck's avatar

I just like beating all the other jellies to the punch. Admittedly I was a little late on this one though.

augustlan's avatar

@AstroChuck Is that a dick punch?

AstroChuck's avatar

I couldn’t dick punch you if I wanted. Of course I could never hurt my Auggie Doggie anyway.

Bluefreedom's avatar

We’re here for you, berlin. We all have a natural desire to ask, answer, and assist others in the most expedient way possible. It’s a Fluther tradition. Some are just quicker than others which explains why two dozen other people answered this question before me. I’m pacing myself.

cak's avatar

Some questions I guess I pounce on, others, I wait to answer. Some questions irritate me just enough for me to answer them, immediately. Some, I really know the answer to the question – it’s right there, I may be able to help the asker.

The questions that I wait on, I’m having to think about the answer or if I see a lot of opposing views (I answered one where I was really in the minority of the opinions) I want to really think about what I am saying, before I comment.

Some, I answer fast, then delete. Either the questioner was too full of themselves or I found the question to be so ridiculous, that I typed a snarky response, then deleted it…quickly.

It really just depends on the question.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

I answer questions as they come because I’m excited and willing to share whatever knowledge or insight I can. Questions are also posted rapidly, and it seems silly to answer a question long after it’s been answered, discussed, and pretty much died.

I’m also in the process of starting a job at a texting service that answers questions that are submitted in a matter of minutes. People want information fast!

casheroo's avatar

look, I waited 21 hours to answer your question!
Would you like to wait hours to get a response? I like getting responses quickly. People are on all all different times throughout the day, so they answer as they go.

Alessandra's avatar

Because it’s fuuuun. I don’t want to do anything else but answer questions!

atlantis's avatar

Yeah, I like answering questions too! It makes me feel useful and smart. Fluther has entertained my life like I never knew it could be. Cool is an understatement in this scenario.

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