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How many answers to a question qualifies that question as being a proper question?

Asked by actuallery (607points) August 30th, 2010

If the answer (or answers) was on topic and informative, wouldn’t one reply be adequate? Is it more about the quantity of answers or the quality of answers?

Should a question be sent back for editing just because it doesn’t receive enough answers?

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Jude's avatar

Concentrate and ask again.

Dog's avatar

Actually, we do not send questions back to edit based on number of responses. If a question has typos or is vague or does not meet guidelines and needs to be edited we will send it back to the user.

actuallery's avatar

@Dog – Yes you do, two of my questions were sent back for editing because you didn’t understand the question and yet, the answers given were most thorough and informative. I had to change the “actuality” question and the “sought” Question is still pending.

Dog's avatar

@actuallery I just checked your account and only see one question that is currently not posted due to a title that did not describe the question. Titles need to clearly and concisely describe what you are asking. This way a user will have an idea of what the question is about without having to click on the question.

We ask many users to clarify their titles.

marinelife's avatar

No, the number of answers should have nothing to do with whether a question goes to editing.

actuallery's avatar

@Dog – I had 3 good answers already in the “sought” question and 1 x “Great Question” before you sent it back for editing.

augustlan's avatar

[mod says] @actuallery The number of answers or “Great Question“s received have no bearing whatsoever on whether or not the question meets our guidelines.

actuallery's avatar

@augustlan – The “sought” Question was meant to be thought-provoking and to attract answers from intellectuals and not from the common folk who wouldn’t have been able to reply adequately even if they had looked at the details. Is Fluther just another would-be knowledgebase forum rather than a forum for people?

rebbel's avatar

Ah, that’s why i didn’t answer it.

actuallery's avatar

@Dog – to start a sentence with the word “actually” is bad grammar

augustlan's avatar

@actuallery There are many very intelligent people here. Your question was flagged as nonsensical wordplay by multiple people. If you have a genuine question, ask it clearly.

actuallery's avatar

@augustlan – My Questions have, in actuality, received good answers even though they were “nonsensical” and yet, I see Questions in the Orphans Section that have no replies whatsoever and they are proper and concise Questions.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

@actuallery While I cannot see these questions, the principle is that people should not have to decipher your questions to be able to answer them. Although some people managed to give good answers, poor wording can still exclude many members of the community. The guidelines are designed to maintain quality at a level where the maximum number of people with worthwhile thoughts can answer. A well worded question does not guarantee answers though, that is up to the community. If we have nothing to contribute, the question becomes an orphan regardless of how good the question is.

Jude's avatar

My favorite mods and manager are in here! :) Beauty, brains and coolness.

syz's avatar

I guess I’m “common folk”. If I’m looking for a thought provoking question, I check out something like this or this, not awkward wordplay.

actuallery's avatar

@FireMadeFlesh – Yes.. but…I did get good replies, to both of those questions. The questions have already been answered appropriately and yet they still need to be modified?

Dog's avatar

Again- replies have no relation to the question being sent back to edit.

actuallery's avatar

I suppose this – “Oh my god why will my cat not stop meowing/how do I get him to stop before I go crazy?” http://www.fluther.com/95416/oh-my-god-why-will-my-cat-not-stop-meowinghow-do/ is a better way to ask a Question?

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

@actuallery As I said, they probably need to be modified so you can get more good answers from different people. Everyone has to edit their questions at some stage – there is no stigma attached to it.

actuallery's avatar

@Dog – Send the “sought” Question back to me and I’ll edit it.

actuallery's avatar

I’d just like to thank those Stealth mod Gremlins in assisting me with my Question.

AstroChuck's avatar

Reply hazy, try again.

janbb's avatar

If you’ve got such an attitude, maybe this isn’t the site for you. I suggested you clarify one poorly worded question and got a snide remark back; the second witticism, I didn’t even bother responding to. There is self-described intelligence and there is true intelligence and there is the wisdom to distinguish between the two.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Sometimes, even if there is one answer but it’s well-thought and it answers the user’s question, I consider that a successful and legitimate fluther interaction. And “attract answers from intellectuals and not from the common folk” – lol, delusional.

Seaofclouds's avatar

It all depends on the question. Some questions can be answered with just one answer (those are usually in the general section). Most of the people that ask questions in social are looking to start a discussion. They ask questions in a way that will actually encourage people to discuss the question. As far as the orphans, they are orphans because the people that have seen them didn’t know the answer. Orphan questions are usually highly technical questions.

I get that you don’t like that your questions were pulled, discussing it is best left between you and the mods. If multiple people flag your question because the wording is not clear then the mods are doing their job by asking you to change the wording of your question. It’s not about the answers you already received, it’s about the appearance of your question to other people that are looking at the site.

KatawaGrey's avatar

@actuallery:As @Dog has said, we moderate questions based on whether or not they meet the guidelines. If you don’t like it, go to another site with lower standards.

@jjmah: But I wasn’t here! ~

AstroChuck's avatar

It is decidedly so.

Jude's avatar

@Katawa and you, too!!! And, MissAnthrope (she’s a new mod!)

Jude's avatar

Colonel Mustard in the Conservatory with the revolver.

zen_'s avatar

Let’s see if I got this straight, @actuallery: you wrote in your profile I’m a single guy living in Australia. I’m not interested in meeting people or making friends but will answer questions in forums.I’m not gay, not married, no children, no pets. Actuallery, I’m just a figment of my own imagination

And now you ask a question about asking a question?

All this after 5 days of joining our lovely community.

I’d recommend reading the guidelines, and getting to know the people – also writing something either creative and funny, or interesting and useful in your profile. Oh, and ask a real question – not a pseudo-meta question about the site you don’t know anything about.

There’s always answercrap and asktwit over there >>>>> OR, try to get with the program.

Here’s a tilde for ya ~ so the mods don’t jump all over this – but it’s a tilde within a tilde.

ZEN OUT

Aethelwine's avatar

@zen_ There’s always answercrap and asktwit over there

but that’s where the common folk are. gasp

blah_blah's avatar

In a hot anal sex session between Obama and Newt who would be on top? Would get a lot of responses but the question is still shit and should be removed.

Your_Majesty's avatar

I think it doesn’t matter as long as it answers what the OP asks for. Seriously,You can find some question where you’ll find lots of responses but all of them are craps,I personally think this kind of question should be modded,especially if most of the responses have the potential to lead the question to off topic state.

actuallery's avatar

@zen_ Perhaps I should have this “Still reading this book” in my profile details as it surely gives much more indepth information about myself.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

@actuallery There is no need for personal attacks. If you were in tune with the Fluther community, you would also know that @zen_‘s profile details are somewhat relevant.

actuallery's avatar

@FireMadeFlesh @zen_ ‘s profile tells nothing about himself except gibberish. At least I told about myself. He started it by attacking my profile information and publicly displaying it in this Question.

actuallery's avatar

@tinyfaery – Thanks for nothing..how long do I have to wait before unhelpful replies are removed?

augustlan's avatar

[mod says] Flame off, folks. No need to make this personal.

augustlan's avatar

@actuallery Meta Section guidelines are most like those of the Social Section.

actuallery's avatar

@augustlan tell them others, too.

actuallery's avatar

@AstroChuck What are you referring to?

augustlan's avatar

@actuallery My [mod says] post was for everyone. My next answer was to let you know that the answers you’ve flagged in this thread won’t be removed.

actuallery's avatar

@augustlan Why not? They are not helpful in any way to the Question and are totally off topic.

Aethelwine's avatar

@actuallery shit flies in the social section as long as it isn’t personal. better luck in general ;)

actuallery's avatar

Considering that I’ve flagged this question, will it get removed? If everyone joins in and flags this question, will it get deleted?

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

@actuallery It seems you are not willing to consider the possibility that other people here may have a point. As I said, @zen_‘s comment means something in the context of Fluther. At least consider what other people are saying with an open mind, ditch your victim mentality, and maybe we can move on to some productive discussion.

If you re-read my posts, I’m trying to be helpful, not blindly critical. It always takes some time to understand a new environment, and it can help to take ideas from people who have been around a while.

actuallery's avatar

@zen_ I’ve updated My profile to something I“m sure you would approve.

augustlan's avatar

Simply flagging does not remove anything. It just prompts the moderators to take a look and see if something needs to be removed. This question doesn’t need to be, so it will stay.

Aethelwine's avatar

@augustlan How can you deny such a cute face. :D

don’t mind me, it’s the PBR talking….love ya auggie (& @actuallery….I tried)

zen_'s avatar

I’m a single guy living in Australia. I’m not interested in meeting people or making friends but will answer questions in forums.

Well, you aren’t going to make friends and inflience people that way – so you must be happy. I stand by what I’ve written.

All this hostility, plus questions about nothing? Hey, to each his own.

By the way, after a couple of years and about 600 questions, people know me – at least my friends do. So I’m promoting another Jelly’s book in my profile – I’d promote yours if you wrote one – and were here for more than a few days and wanted to make friends. But you haven’t – and don’t.

You got to be careful about wishes, so my mom says, you might get what you wish for. Wish for no friends – you won’t get any friends. But then, we’re just a forum – right?

actuallery's avatar

@zen_ Having my personal details displayed in a public forum without my consent is subject to a lawsuit. If the mods do not remove my details from your replies, I’ll be forced to sue.

Just because I dion’t want “friends”, per se, doesn’t mean that people can’t add me. I already got 50 Contacts that I find difficult to communicate to on a regular basis. Having more contacts just adds to that. Some days, all I’m doing is Instant Messaging or sending emails to Contacts.

actuallery's avatar

This is just another reason why peopleshould not be posting private information about themselves in a public forum. Ratbags take advantage of it!

shilolo's avatar

@actuallery I hope you realize that within a few minutes of posting something, anything, on the web, Google and other search engines index and store that information. Point being, everything you post can be found in one way or another, so the best advice is to be parsimonious with your private details. In a nutshell, don’t post publicly what you don’t want known.

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tinyfaery's avatar

Why put off till tomorrow what you can do today?

Aethelwine's avatar

What a great example for this question I asked about a week ago.

way to go guys

JilltheTooth's avatar

@jonsblond : He was taking point on being rude. People were being nice enough until he started getting snarky himself. I was following his stuff from the beginning because I love wordplay, but I soon got sick of his correcting (with snark) posts and comments.

tinyfaery's avatar

@jonsblond Surely this user did a lot of antagonizing and you cannot blame it on jellies. It’s no big loss.

janbb's avatar

@JilltheTooth As they now say, Word.

Aethelwine's avatar

I saw it come from all directions. This user is guilty as well, but when a new user is antagonized, what else do you expect from him?

I’m out for now. Need to get the daughter from school and have packing to do.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

@jonsblond I don’t think anyone was rude to him, we were offering constructive criticism which was rudely dismissed by the OP.

zen_'s avatar

What a very sad, strange little person he was. To come here, write on his profile what he did, attack us, then say he’ll sue for copy/pasting what he himself wrote; now that he’s quit – I don’t want to continue writing about him – but, sheesh! What a loser.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@zen_ ; But he had such a Happy Face!

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Holy Moly, a question can be a proper question and people will ignore it because they don’t care to. They have there reasons, too tired, can’t grasp the question, don’t want to embrace the question. Whether it got a response or no response has little baring on how great a question it really is just how those who see it want to treat it. Some lame questions get a lot of play simply because the Collective wants to entertain them.

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