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CMaz's avatar

Why can't people just give "their" answer to a question?

Asked by CMaz (26238points) May 18th, 2010

A question is asked.
What is your favorite color?
You say blue. But there is always going to be someone that will say “green” and blue is an ignorant color/answer.

What is with that?

All you can do is be as honest as you can. The “right” answer or “proper” answer will tend to have a majority rule to it.
The value of giving/getting a GA.
But, you still get people that will take offense to what you are saying and voice that opinion. That, taking away from your desire to provide input.

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Because some people’s ignorant remarks must be addressed so that resistance to such opinions is clearly visible as silence, to me anyway, implies agreement and I want to show clearly my disagreement.

CMaz's avatar

“people‚Äôs ignorant remarks must be addressed”

Must they? Those “ignorant” remarks. Why not just give your twist (answer) to the question.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

If there weren’t people out there who get offended and bent out of shape over opinions,it would make it so much harder to pick them out and beat their ass.;)

Merriment's avatar

Some people find it necessary to pick apart other people’s viewpoints in order to bolster their own.

Some people are looking to argue pointlessly and endlessly and use this difference of opinion as kindling to get the flame war started.

CMaz's avatar

Yea, sounds like another question to have on Fluther.
Why do we like to kick other peoples asses? lol

partyparty's avatar

“You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time”

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@ChazMaz Yeah, to me certain things MUST be addressed such as anything homophobic, sexist, etc. I understand there are enough people in the world who don’t believe it’s their place to stand for something but I’m not one of those people.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ChazMaz -Because you can only listen to so much BS before you need to activate a “cure”.LOL

CMaz's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir – Now that is a good answer. But…

“certain things MUST be addressed”
The only thing that has to be addressed is an answer to the question. :-)
Not a correction to a persons answer that was taken personal. That takes the original question off topic. :-)

Seaofclouds's avatar

Sometimes it’s to correct incorrect information given by someone else.

tinyfaery's avatar

You do it, too. Like in this question. Why do you do it, @ChazMaz? Huh? Huh?

CMaz's avatar

This question has been engineered to allow for broad opinion.

DominicX's avatar

This site allows for debate. I will give my answer to the question first, but if someone has posted something that is debatable and I feel like debating it, then I won’t hesitate to do it. I see nothing wrong with that.

Cruiser's avatar

@ChazMaz The answer to your question is not just a matter of the right answer or wrong answer or even someone debating the right or wrong. This site should not exist if it were just a matter of answers to question since all you really need to is Google it. Poof gazillions of answer are there just waiting. It all boils down to that even here just about every question has been asked 4 ways to Sunday and you don’t have to be a long time member to know that! So, eventually you reach both a saturation point and a breaking point as to how you respond to the same old same old. Mix in a bit of Moderation muscle and this is simply the end result. You get the good with the bad and a little of @lucillelucillelucille home-remedy cure! Really what more could you ask for??

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@ChazMaz I find that sometimes (not all the time) the question can’t move forward (in that there’s tension) without somone addressing something that was said above. I don’t think of threads as containing distinct and separate answers – I think of them as one answer building up on one another, a conversation that takes place.

CMaz's avatar

I can see that, but don’t you think we are capable of avoiding those off topic situations that are an end result of disagreement. Some don’t wait for the “tension”. Debate is good, but eventually our lovely Mods end up jumping in and have to put us back on track.

chyna's avatar

I truly love @lucillelucillelucille. She is always wanting to beat someone’s ass and usually, that is the only way to deal with people! :-)

evandad's avatar

I like them both

tinyfaery's avatar

“This question has been engineered to allow for broad opinion.” Most questions allow for broad opinion.

CMaz's avatar

Not true. But, no one is stopping you from giving any answer you wish. Except the Fluther Gods. :-)

tinyfaery's avatar

So…what’s the big deal?

CMaz's avatar

There is no big deal. This is a Q&A site.

I asked a question. :-)

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@ChazMaz We will deal with the mods when we get to that bridge.

tinyfaery's avatar

Oh, gawd.

dpworkin's avatar

What is the point of a site dedicated to giving and receiving information if false or misleading or inaccurate or incomplete information goes unchallenged?

dpworkin's avatar

A gezunt auf dein keppeleh, teal.

zenele's avatar

A sheinem dank, mein freint.

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CMaz's avatar

False, misleading, inaccurate or incomplete. Is one thing.
My opinion based on, I just don’t like your answer, is another. :-)

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eden2eve's avatar

“Challenge” might be the key word here. I can find many ways to express my (sometimes differing) opinion without being challenging and insulting. I realize that I can not always be right, nor do I take responsibility to “fix” everyone else. I think we are all grown up people here, and intelligent enough to sort things out and decide for ourselves who among us have provided the most appropriate answers. Debate, in the classical sense, doesn’t necessitate insults or tacky remarks.

I personally find the remarks of some individuals on this site to be just plain rude and tactless, and to me this can demonstrate a lack of ... oh, I don’t know… refinement, sophistication, maturity?

Of course not everyone values those attributes, but I know that most individuals are much more likely to be convinced by comments that are worded a little more subtly. Stating opinion or fact, without rudeness or offensive remarks, might be more persuasive, and certainly will prevent the “flame wars” I’ve seen repeatedly on Fluther.

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CMaz's avatar

Talk about going from one side to the other. :-)

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@dpworkin-That site is called Wikipedia.My cat has written very convincing and authoritative articles for them,all while under the influence of alcohol.
@chyna-Try it,it works :)
@Cruiser-Grandma Suzette’s best remedy for everything!

YARNLADY's avatar

If there was only one answer to any question, this site would have folded up a long time ago. The appeal of Fluther, over most other Q & A sites is the interaction between users. There is no answer to many of the questions but rather, we discuss our opinions and share insights with each other.

AstroChuck's avatar

Purple. Green or blue is an ignorant answer.

DrBill's avatar

some people, (we know who they are) are so immature the only way they can pretend to build themselves up is by trying to tear down others.

dpworkin's avatar

I don’t know who they are. Who are they, @DrBill?

Aethelwine's avatar

@dpworkin I’m one of them. I’m such a bitch.

dpworkin's avatar

@jonsblond I strongly disagree that you are so immature the only way you can pretend to build yourself up is by trying to tear down others, and that you are anything remotely like a bitch. But @DrBill seems to have lost his voice. I wonder what that means. Cowardice? Seller’s remorse? Laryngitis?

mattbrowne's avatar

People often need “mental sparring partners” and disagree for the sake of disagreeing. Sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes it isn’t. During puberty its a method for becoming more self reliant. Opposing your parents (and others) supports this effort.

DrBill's avatar


Thank you for becoming an example of who I was talking about.

By the way, I was in the hospital.

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