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What is the Time Limit for Q & A Answer?

  1. Writer Fox profile image79
    Writer Foxposted 3 years ago

    When someone posts a Question, I've noticed that sometimes a 'best answer' is never chosen.  Is there a time limit for people to post answers?  Does the Question author have to select a 'best answer?'

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
      DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Sometimes, there are no especially good answers, so the questioner might not think any qualify as "best,"  and sometimes, questions get only a single answer, so that sort of leaves out a 'selection' of best, which implies there was a choice.

    2. The Examiner-1 profile image80
      The Examiner-1posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      The only 'time limits' which I know of are when someone chooses a Best Answer - which could be anytime or never. If it is never than it gets too old, but I do not know what that limit is - and when that happens they tell you 'Do not answer unless you have new information'.
      The best answer does not seem to have to be chosen for I have intended to answer questions which turned out to be about three years old, I think.

      1. Writer Fox profile image79
        Writer Foxposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I've never seen that notice.  Does it appear maybe after someone has chosen a 'Best Answer?'

        1. The Examiner-1 profile image80
          The Examiner-1posted 3 years ago in reply to this

          No. you see it when you try to answer one which is too old. I believe that 'too old' means that it has not been commented on for a while.

  2. Susana S profile image90
    Susana Sposted 3 years ago

    No and no.

  3. Writer Fox profile image79
    Writer Foxposted 3 years ago

    So, there's no rule about it?

  4. Writer Fox profile image79
    Writer Foxposted 3 years ago

    OK, thanks.  I don't understand the purpose of the Q/A.  I have yet to see one show up on a search engine results page.  And I don't understand why HubPages' staff thinks they are so important that they give out accolades for them.  What exactly are they supposed to accomplish and why would HP want people to spend time on them instead of writing Hubs?

    1. The Examiner-1 profile image80
      The Examiner-1posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      You can ask questions about important topics - especially if they are about HP - and learn, just as you are doing here.
      The answers you have been giving to other Hubbers help them to learn information also which they did not know and they appreciate. Participating in doing this, in addition to writing your Hubs, is joining in the community. Do not think of it as taking time away from writing Hubs but as taking a break from your writing. Such as in between Hubs.

    2. brakel2 profile image86
      brakel2posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Several of my questions show up daily in Google Analytics amd Webmaster Tools. I have seen forum posts and Q/A on search pages - maybe not as many as HP hoped for. Has anyone else seen any in search?

  5. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
    DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago

    Let's not forget that one answer option is "make a hub about it."  In that sense, the "purpose" of the Q&A can be seen as an idea stimulus for writing hubs, much like the weekly topic inspiration we used to have (but which I do not recall seeing in some time...)

    1. Susana S profile image90
      Susana Sposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      This is exactly right. Questions are supposed to inspire hubs.

  6. brakel2 profile image86
    brakel2posted 3 years ago via iphone

    The Q/A are not supposed to be questions about HubPages technically.  Those questions are for the forum according to staff. Lizzy is right that they are supposed to be questions that could be answered by a hub. That way they could result in traffic to site.

 
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