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What questions recur most frequently on fluther? Nominate the top 100 FAQs.

Asked by Jeruba (55887points) October 30th, 2009

I just saw a question about why we wash bath towels if we get out of the shower clean. Not picking on anybody, but this is an example of a type of question that tends to be asked again and again. People single out some occurrence or behavior in their lives and want to poll everyone about their experience with it or opinion of it.

If newcomers want to avoid repeating common questions, they’re told to use the search. But the search function doesn’t really find prior instances unless you use the same wording. So the point of this question is to list those recurring questions in one place, as a public service. It may not help, but can it hurt?

NOTE: I suggest omitting questions that may sound the same (“What does it mean when girls do this?” “How do I tell my parents I’m moving out?” “I think I’m in love with my best friend. What should I do?”) but are actually seeking personal advice in different circumstances. Those would draw different answers, depending. What I’m after here is questions that are the same and will have the same answers, so once is really enough.

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gussnarp's avatar

Anything regarding whether evolution is real, believed in, should be the only thing taught, etc. It’s really all the same question.

Dog's avatar

“Will the world end in 2010?”
“Does he/she like me?”
“How do I jailbreak/un-jailbreak an iPhone/iPod?”

Jude's avatar

“What is lurve?” (Baby, don’t hurt me, Don’t hurt me, no more)

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

What does Fluther mean?

What is/are the best indie/underground/rap/pop/under-rated bands to put on my Ipod?
I was guilty of this in my first question.

I’m going to _______. What are some good restaurants/attractions there?

erichw1504's avatar

“How do _____ on Fluther?”

Dog's avatar

Anything to do with evolution is pretty well covered in the archives.

erichw1504's avatar

Halloween costume questions.

peedub's avatar

Future of technology questions.

erichw1504's avatar

@peedub Hey!... is there really that many?

SpatzieLover's avatar

How do I tell my boyfriend/girlfriend…?
Where do I find…(anything that google would answer in 1.34sec)?

Dog's avatar

How about “Will the world end in 2012?” I suppose there * could * be a theory about 2010 but I really meant 2012.

jonsblond's avatar

“What super power would you like to have?”
“I need ideas for a cheap, easy meal.”
“What is the meaning of my dream?”

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I have a crush on this girl, how do I ask her out
I’m pregnant what should my baby’s name be

erichw1504's avatar

What should I do about my boy/girlfriend how cheated on me?

erichw1504's avatar

Any sex-type questions.

aprilsimnel's avatar

How do I get my parents to back off?
My friend stopped talking to me; what do I do?
What is a2 + b2 = c2 when b = x? Or some homework variation thereof.

Val123's avatar

I guess….I don’t mind at all if a question gets asked more than once. The way I figure it, if I haven’t seen it before then it’s new to me! Plus, you’re going to get totally, completely different answers each time it’s asked.

Now, where can I find the towel question because, seriously, that’s something I’ve been wondering about myself! My husband always tosses them in the dirty clothes and I think that’s wasteful!

Dog's avatar

@Val123 I do not mind many of the questions listed either- but we are searching for the most commonly asked ones and many are. I personally love the technology ones as I always learn from them.

Jeruba's avatar

@Val123,
Latest towel question.
One before that.

I do think there’s a difference, as I said in the details, between a common question that’s going to have different answers in different cases (relationship questions, for example) and a common question that is always going to elicit just about the same string of responses every time (for instance, “How did you find fluther?” “What should I name my dog?” “Don’t you think Obama is evil?”). It’s this second group that I’m after here.

jonsblond's avatar

@Jeruba Love the avatar

Val123's avatar

@Jeruba Thanks! Confirmed my suspicions that my husband is crazy!

Jeruba's avatar

Thank you, @jonsblond! I always love your repertoire of images.

erichw1504's avatar

Any help for being sick questions. Ahem.

SpatzieLover's avatar

What are symptoms of the flu?

@Jeruba I think as soon as someone hits enter to a question regarding the flu they should be directed and forced to read through the link above

Dog's avatar

“What are you doing about H1N1?”

“My dog/cat is sick what do I do?” By the way the answer is almost always go to the VET!

aprilsimnel's avatar

I have pain right here/I just barfed when I felt fine 2 seconds ago/my left baby toe is inflamed. What do I do?

Jack_Haas's avatar

“What is the best linux distro?”.

Actually it’s the question that helped me understand why people come to a site like Fluther to ask these questions, rather than a specialized forum: they don’t get shot down with a “hey use the search function, noob!”, here.

Dog's avatar

“When will the Zombies attack?”

Val123's avatar

When will the Hadron Collide?

SpatzieLover's avatar

Is/if time travel were possible…?

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Relationship questions are likely #1 with iPhone support a close 2nd.

nikipedia's avatar

That street light question seems to keep coming back.

chyna's avatar

Who are the mods/how to become one seems to pop up a lot.

hearkat's avatar

“If you only had a month / week / day / hour to live, what would you do?”

filmfann's avatar

Star Wars vs. Star Trek questions.

Grisaille's avatar

H3EY GUISE

WHATS BETTAR YAHOO OR FLUTHR WHY ARE THEIR 2 DIFF. SITES FOR SAME THNIG

* details read *

tell me why

avvooooooo's avatar

I love lmgtfy.com. I post that on the obvious questions that just need a Google result.

Dog's avatar

@avvooooooo Heads-up: Not long ago it was determined that use of lmgtfy.com was hostile and would be removed by moderators. Additionally we now allow questions that can be Googled on Fluther.

avvooooooo's avatar

@Dog Wow, that’s ridiculous. Who decided to make that officious move?

avvooooooo's avatar

@Dog Isn’t using lmgtfy.com helping people find the correct search terms? Which would, in fact, be helping them become more Google savvy and more able to do it themselves. Helping people who aren’t Google savvy seems to be a big part of the question you linked, surely showing them how to use that is not something that should be removed. It seems arbitrary and stupid to decide to always mod the use of a helpful (and educational) tool. Not all uses are “Here, dumbass, use this.”

Absolute power again. If I don’t like it, nobody should use it. So there.

Jeruba's avatar

@Grisaille, GA, but I gotta fix ur speling.

H3EY GUISE

WHATS BETTAR YAHOO OR FLUTHR Y R THEIR 2 DIFF. CITES 4 SAME THNIG

* details read *

tell me y

casheroo's avatar

I was thinking the exact same thing when I read that question!

augustlan's avatar

@avvooooooo In our experience, lmgtfy has been a snarky response nearly every single time. (Honestly, I’ve never seen it not be used in that manner.) It’s not the same as saying something like, “I found this by typing ‘San Francisco + Vegetarian Restaurant’ into the google search box.”, which would be legitimately teaching the asker something about how to use google.

avvooooooo's avatar

@augustlan I guess coming from a child development/educational mindset where you show people visually how to use something and then let them use it to learn how (at any age), I see the value of a site like that more than others. Its a very effective visual aid and encourages the use of Google before asking. And honestly, if people are going to ask obvious questions, maybe the snark isn’t undeserved.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@avvooooooo Not everyone has Internet experience. I know when I started I had no idea how to do things many people (including myself, now) would think a Google search would be sufficient for. It’s easy to just ignore them if you find them inane.

tandra88's avatar

What would we do without Internet, Electronics, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, TV, Music, iPod?

All of the above.

figbash's avatar

What kind of digital camera should I get?”

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@figbash True, but compared to many other FAQ’s, questions like that can at least go somewhere, and the asker can get some valuable advice. So many other questions are easy to Google, or generally pointless, but questions like ”What kind of digital camera should I get?” can tap into some real world experience from other jellies.

figbash's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities: agreed but I feel like those come up a lot without the asker really looking at what everyone else has said beforehand. In fairness though, the technology does change frequently. I just think through questions that I’ve had the exact same answer to every time – along with a suggestion of resources (like Dpreview) and digital camera rises to the top.

tandra88's avatar

Is there an App for Fluther?
Are there other sites like Fluther?
What is better? Facebook, Twitter, MySpace..any Social networking sites..

hearkat's avatar

And I have to admit that I do get tired of typing the same answers regarding ear pressure, ear wax and tinnitus. I wish there were a way that as people typed a question, a search would run prior to it posting.

tandra88's avatar

What’s the best website ever?
Anything related the Thanksgiving or Christmas, considering that it is coming up.

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