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Is it OK to answer our own request?

  1. countrywomen profile image30
    countrywomenposted 8 years ago

    I know answering requests improves scores but answering our own request does it also improve or on the contrary does it decrease the score(and also does it go against the convention here at hubpages)?

    I am asking this question for this particular request and also for a couple of other requests I would like to answer in a while. After the thread that has been going around for "Killing Babies" I felt I should write a hub and then remembered I had initiated a similar request a while ago http://hubpages.com/request/9496/best

    And later I want to answer these requests too:

    Thanks for looking into this smile

    1. Mr Nice profile image80
      Mr Niceposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Very interesting, first make a request. How can I improve my hub score. Next step, You already know the answer. Go ahead & answer it. It's like killing two birds with one empty bullet. #1- You asked the question.
      #2- Wow, You answer it yourself too. 5 scores for the question & 5 scores for answering it.  5+5= 10 wow that's 100%. Very creative & easy loophole good luck.

  2. dingdong profile image61
    dingdongposted 8 years ago

    Answering our own request:

    I think some already do that and it's not a violation, also nothing is there to affect the score!

  3. Patty Inglish, MS profile image93
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 8 years ago

    Help me to understand - Why would one answer one's own request when one could simply write the Hub to start with?

    1. countrywomen profile image30
      countrywomenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I don't know when I started out here at hub pages I read that answering requests improves the score. And then when I wanted to write a hub I just remembered that I made a similar request and wanted to know if it is acceptable convention here at hub pages. I didn't know until DingDong  told me that there are some folks who are actually doing that. I guess I asked a very silly question. Sorry folks if I have wasted your time. Maybe I should delete this thread sad

    2. carpesomediem profile image61
      carpesomediemposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It's possible that if someone requested a particular article and didn't get a response over time, they may have sought out the answers somewhere else and then could share that knowledge by writing a hub and responding to their own request.  At least in my mind, that'd be a good thing.

  4. SweetiePie profile image83
    SweetiePieposted 8 years ago

    Some of my hubs with very good traffic are from answering requests.  However, I do not see the point of answering one's own request, but maybe that is just me.  There are lots of great unanswered requests out there already.

  5. Research Analyst profile image84
    Research Analystposted 8 years ago

    I think answering your own requests may work especially if it has sat unanswered.

  6. RKHenry profile image77
    RKHenryposted 8 years ago

    I've published a hub on health care.  Then I made a request for people to answer on that issue, to see what their views were.  That seem to work well.  But isn't making a request for questions and answers?  So if a person answers their own, isn't that telling everyone that you already had the answer?  I don't know, food for thought.

  7. countrywomen profile image30
    countrywomenposted 8 years ago

    SweetiePie- A while ago you hinted that answering requests improves the score and also I was curious whether answering our own request then what the outcome would be i.e., whether it has no effect or positive/negative effect on the score. And all the requests that I planned starting from the first request (My views on Abortion) based on recent inputs in the other thread and other requests like (My Top 20 favorite movies, My Top 10 Favorite books, What I love about University Life) isn't something I don't have answers it is just to get more opinions/views so that I would have good list of books to read and movies to watch (on our Netflix account).

    The other aspect I was curious was whether it is acceptable convention and as pointed out by you/patty it seems to be not favored. I don't know whether I should have asked this question in the first place since on second thoughts it looks like a silly question even to me now. Hope you are having a great day. Have a great weekend smile

    ResearchAnalyst- Those requests did elicit some response and I am not answering them because nobody else did?

    CarpesMediem/RKHenry- Personally it seems like a good idea to have more opinions/views and then writing a hub based on our own inputs.

    Thanks everyone and have a great weekend folks smile

    1. SweetiePie profile image83
      SweetiePieposted 8 years agoin reply to this


      There is nothing wrong with your question and you are too nice to even worry about if it might be wrong smile.  All questions are good questions, but to me I would just not see the point of answering my own request because there are other ones out there.  That was my only thought about that. 

      Answering requests are good for search engine trafic.  I suggest answering some of the requests from the idea bank because those tend to be really good.

      1. Mr Nice profile image80
        Mr Niceposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Hi sweetiepie, cindy & Countrywoman!
        Cute avatar sweetiepie good change. Congratulations for hitting the 100 score. Wow, did you get some gold medal....or a VIP status on hubpages just kidding. For some people It's all about score.
        Both of you had a logical response to Countrywoman's post. I tried to play with reasoning & some humor too. As you said, why post a question & answer it yourself too. And cindy said & I agree too, that she should face the other hubbers opinion good or bad. After all you wanted other hubbers opinion.
        I guess Countrywoman didn't like what I wrote too. Well score is not a big deal, my score only touched the 97 that didn't gave me a gold medal or a VIP status on hubpages. Some people are looking for shortcuts or loopholes to get a 100 score faster than their own ability. For them it's all about achieving 100 score. I guess Countrywoman mix up the Yahoo score with hubpages. At Yahoo whenever you answer a question you get points. I know this personally because I answer question's at Yahoo. Have a nice day everybody.

  8. countrywomen profile image30
    countrywomenposted 8 years ago

    Mr.Nice- Even after I have clearly explained what those requests where(in my first post/recent post to sweetie pie) and my dilemma if you still consider me trying to exploit a "loophole" then what can I say.

    Btw I have never done it before and now I will not even consider doing it. Have a good day. smile

    P.S: This is my last post in this thread and as I have said earlier I feel really stupid (and especially after receiving such a "opinion" of me).

    1. Mr Nice profile image80
      Mr Niceposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You can find all kind of questions answered in the help section of hubpages. Here is hub score calculation & I guess you might want to know hub ranking method too at hubpages use. Copy from hubpages help section.

      Here is how Hubscore is calculated.
      The amount of traffic your Hub receives, including traffic from HubPages as well as other outside sources
      The length of your Hub
      The uniqueness of the content within your Hub (copied content typically scores lower than more unique content)
      The number of thumbs-up votes from unique users
      The number of comments
      The overall value of you as a member of the HubPages community (determined by your HubRank and your Status)

      Here is how Hub ranking is done..
      Publishing quality Hubs
      Commenting on Hubs from other authors
      Making requests in the Request section
      Answering requests from other authors
      Actively participating in the HubPages Forums

      For more Information about HubScore & Hub ranking visit the link.
      Don't worry about the type of questions. If you can't find answer just ask. I hope this info will help.

  9. lawretta profile image77
    lawrettaposted 8 years ago

    Hi people,
    i dont know anything about "requests" and "improving scores".  I will be happy to learn what anyone has to say on the issue.Thanks.

  10. cindyvine profile image84
    cindyvineposted 8 years ago

    Sweetiepie, like your new avatar.  Countrywoman, don't take offence.  I see what you're getting at.  You put in a request for something that you wanted to see what other people's views on it were.  Then we've had all that heated discussion on the killing babies forum, and it's made your own point of view on the very sensitive topic, much clearer in your mind and now you're ready to write a hub on it.  Go for it.  It sounds logical to me and makes sense.

  11. cindyvine profile image84
    cindyvineposted 8 years ago

    Have a good weekend, Mr Nice, don't get up to too much mischief!

    1. Mr Nice profile image80
      Mr Niceposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      ♥♥♥ Hi cindy! How you doing? How is the life in China? The other day I read your GOA trip but had no time to leave a comment,very interesting trip. I will leave a more detailed comment on your hub.
      And I was not mischief it was only high jinks......hahaha. Have a wonderful weekend. ♥♥♥