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Questions / Forums ? Why the Need For Both?

  1. eugbug profile image98
    eugbugposted 9 months ago

    So I didn't notice this before but there seem to be categorised topical questions on HubPages and also a categorised topical forum. Why both? Presumably the logic is that questions just need answers whereas the forums are for ongoing discussion about a topic. However the forums could do both jobs, answer questions, and allow for discussion if necessary. It seems there is unnecessary duplication. In any case I still think it would be a good idea to have forums on the niche sites so that writers/non account holding readers can post questions, not specifically directed at a particular hub. 
    Question: How do I go directly to my contributions to questions without searching?

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image100
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 9 months agoin reply to this

      I agree with you.  People, however, do earn some money from posting questions, so maybe that's what makes the difference.

      If you go to your stats page, at the top you'll see Q&A   this is a list of the questions you have posted, number of responses, etc.

      1. eugbug profile image98
        eugbugposted 9 months agoin reply to this

        Yes, I forgot that's how you get to answered/asked questions. It would be helpful if there was a "Forum" tab on our account page. This is the page I normally check rather than going to the home page. It's a bit confusing having to click on "Explore" on the menu to access the forums.

  2. Marisa Wright profile image99
    Marisa Wrightposted 9 months ago

    Back in the mists of time, the Q&A section had a clear purpose which was separate from the forums.

    The forums are a place for Hubbers to socialise and debate.  They are not intended as a place for readers to ask questions.

    The Q&A was a place for Hubbers to post a question they wanted answered by other Hubbers - it was never intended as a place to have a debate about it. The questioner asked a question and people would answer it, and that was that.

    If you wanted to answer the question, you had a choice of two buttons - "Answer the question" or "Write a Hub about it".  The idea was that rather than just posting an answer, Hubbers would write a whole Hub in response to the question. So it was a way to stimulate ideas for Hubs, essentially.

    I suspect HubPages has not got rid of it because it adds more content for search engines.

  3. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image99
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 9 months ago

    Everything Marisa said was true.

    You could conceivably make money with questions. At least in theory, and I say this assuming the person asking questions is getting something from the adverts on the questions. I do not know for sure  if those ads are tied to the person asking's account, or not.

    Here is the thing though - it doesn't matter much because our questions and answers section is dominated by straight up bull manure. I mean, what poo storm the Q&A is at present. It's horrific.

    *I* would personally like to see some standards enforced there. Hubpages could cause the Q&A to become a respected portion of the site(s) were some standards, moderation, and such seen to. I'm running nothing 'round these parts but what I publish. I couldn't help but chime in a bit though. Good evening, or good morning, whatever it may be.