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Why do you ask so many questions?

Updated on March 15, 2011

Question everything....

Curiosity. That is the simple answer. As humans, we have a thirst for knowledge, and the easiest way to quench this thirst is by drinking up answers. We get these answers by asking questions. People who answer these questions, satisfy our thirst by sharing their own knowledge. Together, we are sitting at the table of knowledge and we share each of our pot luck dishes with each other to help satisfy each other’s hunger.

Hubpages has a great section where fellow hubbers can intrigue the minds of others by asking questions. It is that wonderful “Answers” tab. There is also another area that fellow hubbers can help ignite the imagination of others; they can participate in discussions or ask questions in the forum section of Hubpages.

Both of these areas are outstanding aspects of the Hubpages community. By interacting with fellow hubbers, you will find yourself not only meeting new and interesting people, but you might come across someone that you wouldn’t have otherwise come across if you were just reading the latest hubs.

Go ahead... ask a question... I dare you!

We all ask questions. It is because we are naturally curious
We all ask questions. It is because we are naturally curious | Source

Answers, Answers, Answers

This is one of my favorite community aspects of Hubpages. It is an easy way to interact with others; and it is also a simple way to get a quick answer for something that is plaguing you. (It is also an easy way to procrastinate, waste time, and take a break from your writing for awhile!)

The idea behind the Answers section is to allow a place to ask questions. These questions are preferably factual in nature that will give a person useful information and not just an opinion. This is where you might address a topic a subject matter expert might be able to address.

A good question might be… “What is the best way to remove grass stains from children’s clothing?”

However, this area can be a little confusing. The reason is because it can become oversaturated with opinion type questions resulting in answers that will turn in to a debate. I know I was a little confused… especially after I had one of my questions closed due to being a potential debate. More frustrating… I couldn’t view the answers after the question had been closed.

The Answers section is not only a great way to get useful information, but, if you are struggling with ideas on what to hub about next, it might provide you with your next topic. When answering a question, you can answer with a short answer (but be careful, they frown on just a one word answer and require it to be longer!), or you can just make a hub about it where you can outline a detailed response that includes pictures, graphs, polls and the numerous other tools available on Hubpages.

Participating in this community tool is a great way to expose yourself to the Hubpages community. If someone likes your answer, they might even visit your Hubs and comment on them. However, this is not the place to ask for critique of your work or to promote your own hubs.

To find the Answers section, just look in the top browse menu on each page of the site.

Finding help with the forum

The Hupbages forum is a great way to learn about the different aspects of Hubpages. They have a wide variety of different forums, including “Official Hubpages Announcements”, “The Hubbers Hangout” and “Hubcamp”… just to name a few. The Hubpages forum started out small; a place to offer help and advice to those publishing on Hubpages. Today it has grown to several different topics and several different threads. If there is a thread out there that doesn’t meet what you are looking for, you can always create another.

The forums are available for hubber to hubber interaction, but it is intended to be done in a friendly nature. It is a place to ask questions, look for help, or even discuss off-the-wall topics. You might also be able to learn something (or share your own knowledge).

This is a great place to give you extra exposure in the community as well. This means… if you post a comment that is meaningful, helpful or just downright funny, other hubbers might visit your profile and check you out. Who knows… you may find a diamond in the rough out there as well.

According to the Hubpages Learning Center, “We encourage all Hubbers to use the Forum as an open space to interact with each other in the spirit of cooperation and fun.” This is the place to ask for assistance with publishing on Hubpages or to clarify any other Hubpage rule that you don’t completely understand.

It is also a great place to ask your debatable questions or discuss whatever intrigues you. While you are there you can share your tips and learn from others as well. By providing feedback in the forums, it allows Hubpages to know what will work better for everyone.

The Answers Section and the Forum are so similiar yet so different. It is like comparing apples to oranges.
The Answers Section and the Forum are so similiar yet so different. It is like comparing apples to oranges.

Your opinion counts!

Which one do you prefer?

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Comparing Apples to Oranges

While these two aspects of the Hubpages community seem very similar, they both serve completely different purposes. The Answers section is for quick, fact like answers…. While the Forum is there to encourage a discussion. The one you choose to participate in is purely a personal decision.

Personally, I like the Answers section the best. It provides a quick distraction with minimal commitment. Not to mention, I enjoy seeing how my answers are rated, especially if I answer in a witty and sarcastic tone. To me, it also seems to be more user-friendly, especially since it seems there is less to go through to ask a question.

I haven’t participated much in the forums. I found that searching for a topic was overwhelming, and looking for something probably caused a few additional hairs to turn gray. However, I have visited a few of them and read through some of the answers and found they can be really useful if you want to learn some additional information. They are also a great way to interact with other Hubbers. However, when trying to follow the threads, it can be hard to follow when a comment branches off from another comment and then the thread goes back to the original question. To me it reminded me of times when I am talking on the phone and it cuts out so I miss half the conversation.

Both, however, are great tools to use in the Hubpages community. When you interact within the community you will make yourself known. This is beneficial because the more people who see your name, the more likely you are to gain a strong follower who will read and comment on your Hubs. After all, while money may be the cherry on the top, what we really want is feedback on our work.


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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @jezebellamina - Thanks for the heads up. I appreciate it! :)

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      Jessica 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but this hub has been copied and published here: (not hyperlinking because I don't want to give them a backlink)

      Hubpages is apparently unable to do anything about this on our behalf so we are all responsible for filing our own DMCA complaints to rectify the situation. Good luck...

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      Stacy Harris 7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      You got to love those nice getaways. I grew up were it was gorgeous and desolate so we always went to the city to get a break :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      It was great! I did lots of outdoor stuff - my uncle retired in a great fishing spot between the Norfolk and Bull Shoals. It is gorgeous but desolate - I did need a break from all the noise in the city:)

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      Stacy Harris 7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Nope - I didn't get banned, but my question got closed. LOL Ironically it was right after I had told someone else I have never heard of any questions ever being closed. Glad to see you back from Vacation! Hope you had a good one!

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      Kelly Umphenour 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Ha! I remember that question!!! Glad you didn't get banned while I was on vacation!!!

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      Stacy Harris 7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      There seems to be so much to learn and understand, I am starting to think it is a daily learning process. This hub was actually inspired because my original question... why do you ask so many questions, was actually deleted from the questions section for being to much of a debate. I like the question section, but it can be confusing as to whether it is too opinion based of a question or what not. I hope that if you take a chance and get too many questions closed they won't ban your account.

      Thanks for reading. Glad you enjoyed the tips!

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      Credence2 7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Official Hubpages Announcements”, “The Hubbers Hangout” and “Hubcamp.....Oddly barbergirl, after 2 months I am still trying to learn my way around the tools available. Thanks for the tips

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      Stacy Harris 7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Thanks - I hope you were able to get something useful out it. Glad you enjoyed it!

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      funmontrealgirl 7 years ago from Montreal

      Great hub! I'm a fan =)

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      Stacy Harris 7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @DaNoblest - I am glad you enjoyed this hub... answer for your question... yes I have. In fact those callused fingertips are really getting there - I can tell because I have marks in them. Maybe it is more like a blister. I am not really sure. Right now I am working on the A chord family. Just trying to get my fingers to move smoothly through switching things up. It is difficult. It may be awhile before I am a rock star ;)

      @WhatisQ - I was almost positive this hub wouldn't benefit you. With your large amount of knowledge, I was hoping you would be able to mentor me. I know it will come with a fee - maybe I can give you an iguana or something to add to your collection. However, if you ever are in need of distraction, it is a good place to go. That is one of the main reasons I actually hang out there. But I too am having difficulty coming up with questions! ;) On the other hand... you seem to be very busy commenting back on your hubs, so you might want to wait until that cools down a little bit ;)

      @Marellen - Thank you - I would definately encourage you to check those two tools out. They are packed full of questions and knowledge and opinions. It is kind of fun and definately a good way to get over writer's block if you are ever suffereing from it. I find the more frazzled I am finding the right words, the more time I spend in those sections. Have fun with it. :)

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      marellen 7 years ago

      As always your hubs are packed full of info. I will give these sites a look see...

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      Adam 7 years ago from Tennessee

      I've asked a total of 4 questions on here... I've tried to think of more, but it's hard. Maybe because I already know everything. But it is great to get a response whenever you do ask a question. I've never checked out that Forum thing, but maybe I will, one of these days.

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      DaNoblest 7 years ago from California

      Cool hub. I have a question. Have you been practicing your guitar lately?


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