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Cotton101's avatar

What is a great answer?

Asked by Cotton101 (3439points) December 30th, 2009

When a member gives an answer, what makes that answer a great answer? Read so many answers and I’m very liberal in this area. Great is a huge word. Very subjective…as great is like beauty, “in the eyes of the beholder!” What is great to one member, maybe offensive to another member.

Also, are we more inclined to give a long-time friend here “love points?” As opposed, to a new member that you do not know.

Would like to get feedback on what you consider a great answer!

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26 Answers

limeaide's avatar

Anything that answers the question fully and well or anything that is witty or funny. :) So yes it’s very subjective.

baileysmom12's avatar

I will give a GA on answers that answer the question. I will give that to a friend or someone that I do not know if thier answer is accurate or even funny, as long as it’s not offensive or rude. It is subjective which makes it a good thing that there are a lot of different personalaties on here.

Austinlad's avatar

For me, it’s three things: how closely it aligns with my own thinking, how passionate it is, and how well it’s crafted. Personally, I’m less interested in the humor of it than its seriousness.

Axemusica's avatar

I give GA’s if it made me laugh, think, struck me in “awe”, or as kudo’s, or that I thought was an excellent rebuttal.

Although, I do understand the “love points” as you so put it. I’ve observed the whole AB migration and with in a few days a lot of them surpassed me in lurve and I’m an original Jelly. I don’t take offense though, because I don’t really mind, but it’s just something I observed.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

A great answer is something that makes me smarter, makes me laugh, makes me seriously question my own opinion on a subject, or really makes me think. I give a great answer to jellies who are witty, share their personal experiences, or who bring the community together and make Fluther a better place.

AstroChuck's avatar

Pretty much any answer from this little guy.

ucme's avatar

This one. When they’re genuinely meant & deserved. Not when they’re given out like candy as a undervalued & overused gift to a “friend”. An all too common sight on these pages.

janbb's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities And you get a “GA” for that one – couldn’t have said it better myself.

Axemusica's avatar

@ucme but how can you say no to that face?? ~points @AstroChuck~

ucme's avatar

@Axemusica Sorry but that face just needs a pie throwing in it.~

indigo's avatar

Which give the best possible solution

john65pennington's avatar

“My car broke down, i had a flat tire, watch battery died, the dogs outta food, i gotta a traffic ticket, tree fell on the car, i had diarrhea, ran over a deer, ran outta gas and my car was carjacked”.

All of these excuses and more…....make for a great answer. john

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

It seems totally random to me. Thoughtful, detailed answers are frequently ignored while random “throwaway” quips are rated to the stratosphere.

Silhouette's avatar

Questions I consider it great if they elicit a response from me. If I answer, I point it. Answers, same thing if they appeal to me I point them. I think they are interesting if they are funny, clever, smartypants, informative, etc. Basically, if I like it, I point it.

Axemusica's avatar

@Silhouette Lurve, darlin. Lurrrrrrrve, haha ;P

gemiwing's avatar

Anything that is well developed, says something better than I ever could, makes me laugh (not easy to do) or makes me think about my own view in a new way. I’m known to love answers that I don’t agree with simply because they made me think.

Buttonstc's avatar

If anything, I would be more inclined to GA a newbie (as long as the response really is a genuine attempt) so as to encourage them to stick around.

But overall, I tend to go with my gut and don’t overthink it.

After all, it doesn’t cost me anything and generates positivity, so why not. My standards tend to be pretty liberal. As long as a sincere attempt is made to answer the question at hand or share personal experience that’s a good answer to me. If it’s a quip though, it has to really make me laugh or no dice.

Silhouette's avatar

@Axemusica Lurve lifts us up where we belong.

Axemusica's avatar

@Silhouette haha, I remember a whole thread where people just started quoting love songs and replaced love with Lurve. :)

Silhouette's avatar

@Axemusica That actually sounds like fun.

Axemusica's avatar

@Silhouette I’ve been trying to find it, but I can’t figure out how to search for it :(

wundayatta's avatar

All my answers are great answers, and all my questions are great questions, and it kills me when people don’t recognize that. Get a move on, people!

Well, maybe not this one…

Cotton101's avatar

@daloon could not agree more!

Berserker's avatar

Everything I write, of course.

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