Is there a point to people posting meaningless questions that are ill conceived at best?
I didn't know anyone was so desperate for accolades that they needed to spam questions that aren't really worth writing about.
Lol, some people post questions in the hope that it earn them some hubscore. I prefer to post on answers if it really help someone else i pass and just observe what others are doing.
Thanks Starx, mystery solved. the world makes sense again. I can count on one...maybe two hands the number of questions I have asked. I never noticed that it did jack for my score. My articles have decent scores but my over all is much higher. I almost shudder at the thought of asking that one because it seems that the exact math that I would be looking for is restricted information here. +1
Good Day Jaggedfrost
I didn't want to be the first one to say that. Thank you! I have been wondering about that for some time. I won't use any names but some hubbers were churning out dozens of questions per week, and one got the feeling that these people couldn't possibly want to know all of these things!
The only conclusion that makes sense is the one raise by starx, that these question-spammers are very concerned to raise their hubscore, and as you say, Jaggedfrost, they are desperate for accolades.
One wishes management would crack down on this. But how? We don't want to go the totalitarian Chinese route. This is a free country and a free website and all that. If I didn't laugh, I'd cry.
I used to think "The only stupid question is the one that is not asked. Well, I don't think that anymore.
yes there is a point but if they comb their hair and wear a hat no one notices. lol
Only when it is posted on a forum thread that is basically just for that purpose. Otherwise they are deminishing the forum experience for all the serious people seeking legitimate help. Thank you for asking this wonderful question.
I wonder how many people felt like THIS question was meaningless and ill conceived at best? ;~) (Sorry about the emoticon, I just want you to know that that line was very much tongue in cheek.) Of course there will always be people in every circle that are out exclusively for their own gain, I.E. (raising Hub scores) but I'll bet most questions here, no matter how meaningless they may appear to any given person, are sincere questions. At least I would hope so!
My meaningless question is "How does a hippapotamus cross a traffic congested street in India?" And my answer to the question is, "Can you please put the gear box in the car first."
If its just playing games, it's not useful. However, if they have a partial idea of what they're trying to say, and someone can fill in the rest for them...yeah...then maybe it's worth it.
Is there a point to answering questions with meaningless answers that are ill conceived at best?
I totally agree with you, there's a lot of junk out there that should be cleaned up!
do not mind people who do not have my education or yours perhaps. I enjoy answering those questions and gearing
some of my work to the satisfaction of others and myself when the subject is
interesting even if the grammar is a little on the rough... read more
My first reaction is to say who are you to judge what is a meaningful question and what is meaningless. However this was before I realized that you can improve your hub score by asking questions. Now I get the point of your question, why are people asking inane questions just to get hub brownie points? Do you get brownie points for meaningless answers? Cheers jaggedfrost
I agree with Roger. Everyone has a right to ask a question and if you don't like their question, ignore it. I'm sure to those who ask, it's an important question.
Does that answer your question? LOL.
...is this a trick question? I'm a huge fan of irony...but not sure if this is an example of it.
I have to agree with you. After allowing for our hubbing friends who aren't so familiar with English, there are so many nearly illiterate questions asked. I try to be kind, but often find myself rewording the question for the hubber, giving some rudimentary common sense answer (read: snot-nosed), or just avoiding that hubber altogether.
I'm here to write fiction and to have it read. I don't personally care about the accolades icons. I'm far more interested in the criticism I can get.
And until this post I was unaware that asking questions raises your hub score. The only time I ask a question is when I intend to answer it with a hub. I figured it was a form of advertising.
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