Is anybody else irritated that when answering a question, you get told the answe

Jump to Last Post 1-46 of 46 discussions (47 posts)
  1. barbergirl28 profile image70
    barbergirl28posted 12 years ago

    Is anybody else irritated that when answering a question, you get told the answer is too short?

    I have tried answering a few questions, and while I am not just writing yes or no, I apparently don't have enough words. I had a 6 word answer and they wouldn't accept it. Do you think that forces a better answer... or going against someone being able to just give the answer they want!

  2. profile image54
    sunny5555posted 12 years ago

    No I do not, one to four extra words to me is not a bother.

  3. point2make profile image60
    point2makeposted 12 years ago

    Sometimes a question only requires a short answer. I have noticed short answers posted to some questions but when I write a short answer it is rejected. Perhaps new rules are now in place and the short answers, I have seen, were posted before the new rules came into force. I do find it annoying that my "answer", which is my response to a question and therefore exactly the right length....short or long that I have chosen, is deemed "too short" by someone else.

  4. Jarn profile image61
    Jarnposted 12 years ago


    And for maximum irony, ignore this sentence.

  5. LeisureLife profile image68
    LeisureLifeposted 12 years ago

    Yes, I just joined, and I think it is the most annoying restriction of all time. How could they do this to us? smile

  6. profile image0
    David99999posted 12 years ago

    Yes...I am.  I think that a person should be allowed to choose the length their answer.  if it only requires two or three be it! However, some questions require lengthy explanations.  This would mean more words.  I hate it, when a company that has to shut down operations for so-called "system-updates (see 'our stupid techs screwed up')" tell *me* how to write. According to my reading, about half of them can't even use the English language properly! They only got their jobs because they're cheap labor!

  7. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 12 years ago

    I agree.  Sometimes the best answer is short and sweet.  I usually put my 3 or 4 wards followed by a lot of fill in

  8. mrpooper profile image42
    mrpooperposted 12 years ago

    Yes! The rest of this answer is BS. It is only here as a means to convince HubPages that this is relevant to the question. A lot like those essay questions in school where you just wrote words to fill the space. I think this is enough. Thanks for listening and have a GREAT day!

  9. nightwork4 profile image60
    nightwork4posted 12 years ago

    i did until i decided to just hold down the period button for a bit. now i can answer with the word no..................................................

  10. workingmomwm profile image80
    workingmomwmposted 12 years ago

    I have to say yes. Ran into this the other day when, literally, all I wanted to answer was yes. Couldn't do it, so then I had to think of more BS words just to fill space. From now on I'll just do this .......... Didn't think of that. Awesome!

  11. orlansison profile image60
    orlansisonposted 12 years ago

    If you are required to explain then probably you must give your best shot and if it could be only answer by some short answers like yes/ no then why you have to give a longer one?

  12. Wayne Adam profile image72
    Wayne Adamposted 12 years ago

    Short answers are good. Otherwise, you have to filter through garbage and filler-yuk!  No one should dictate the lenght, it's your answer.

  13. GNelson profile image61
    GNelsonposted 12 years ago

    Short answers are sometimes the right answers and should be allowed.

  14. emma.2011 profile image58
    emma.2011posted 12 years ago

    ammmmmmmmmmmm nop.................................i dont think so

  15. Manna in the wild profile image62
    Manna in the wildposted 12 years ago


  16. Y. Kajitaka profile image59
    Y. Kajitakaposted 12 years ago

    I think they want these to by more essay-style answers...  Just possibly.  o.o;  I usually look at it and wonder... "Did I write too much?  I wonder if they'll actually read this..."  because I end up writing a paragraph or two on the questions I answer.  ^^;

  17. weholdthesetruths profile image61
    weholdthesetruthsposted 12 years ago


    and i'll have to put in all this blabber so my succinct, accurate, and precise answer will be allowed.

  18. stclairjack profile image79
    stclairjackposted 12 years ago

    i think it illistrates how a site can claim to be "the" place for creative writers, then imediately construct a set of rules that restrict creativity,.... perhaps they think were all in training to run for political office, in which case any answer that uses the maximum amt of wods while giving no real answer gets the prize,... creative vaguery.

    "too promotional" "sub standard",... what are these labels and who defines them?

    hemmingway woulda got his adds jerked here, so would stienbeck, so would sinclair lewis,... but then again, non of them will be remembered for writing self help pages about how tro loose 10 lbs in 10 days while removing the stains from your best shirt and winning your clingy demanding girlfriend back....

    but they will all be remembered,... unlike the authors of those litterary wonders.

    was that answer long enough,.... i think it clearly demonstrates that less is often more.

    all  wanted to say was,.......


  19. profile image57
    Peter Davisposted 12 years ago

    Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, YES!

  20. akuigla profile image61
    akuiglaposted 12 years ago

    It is unfriendly message and really irritates me.

  21. kcreery profile image60
    kcreeryposted 12 years ago

    Yes. It is annoying when your answer is too short.  Please make it longer.

  22. Christian H. profile image59
    Christian H.posted 12 years ago

    I sure do; sometimes you can convey something adequately in just a few words just as well as you can in a paragraph more.  And sometimes being required to give a long answer just means you have to find ways of saying the same thing over again, or at least to find different ways of phrasing it, or at least expressing it slightly different.

    Or, in other words, yes.

  23. Jackie Lynnley profile image83
    Jackie Lynnleyposted 12 years ago

    Me too!
    Shoot what if the answer is just yes or no? Oh I forgot, that's a question!

  24. Seeker7 profile image81
    Seeker7posted 12 years ago

    I agree. I have had that as well and had to add words that didn't add anything at all to the quality or sense of my reply. But it's not just a case of me feeling a short answer is best, many people who post questions only want a short reply back. So is it annoying - yes!

  25. The British Way profile image62
    The British Wayposted 12 years ago

    I may or may not like or dislike people or answers that are vague because when all is said and done, at the end of the day and to be perfectly honest, perhaps I do or do not have the answer.

  26. RealHousewife profile image69
    RealHousewifeposted 12 years ago

    What they said.".............."......................................

  27. Keith Worth profile image61
    Keith Worthposted 12 years ago

    I guess they want us to waste words, or maybe succinct isn't in the hubber's dictionary.

    Hasn't been a problem for me yet, and probably won't now that I've read all the ways to work around it from here.

  28. profile image51
    cbulenposted 12 years ago

    And just to be a pain, use blah blah lbah blah blah lbah blah blah blah blah after your answer to make it longer blah blah lbah lbah blah

  29. profile image0
    The Quiz Masterposted 12 years ago

    To answer your question in more than 6 words would be like this.

  30. Paul Berod profile image60
    Paul Berodposted 12 years ago

    Sometimes I have tu cut the answer, but, normaly, because I'm a journalist and need to be concise.

  31. CARIBQUEEN profile image64
    CARIBQUEENposted 12 years ago

    Yes, it has happened to me on a couple of occasions. Maybe that particular area should be reviewed as sometimes all we need to answer is simply 'Yes' or 'No'

  32. DaNoblest profile image61
    DaNoblestposted 12 years ago

    I have an answer but it is too short. Sorry I guess you'll never know =[

  33. kannanwrites profile image93
    kannanwritesposted 12 years ago

    Yes. One way to counter is that first you write an answer according to the rules set, but edit to make it shorter in the 10 min edit period. It works.
    One of the other member (Manna in the Wild) also used this 'trick' in this answer.

  34. rocknrollcowboy profile image60
    rocknrollcowboyposted 12 years ago

    That hasn't happened to me yet but life is to short so answer how you feel it is needed and move on.

  35. profile image49
    sali guptaposted 12 years ago

    answer given is depends on who is asking . if person we like then not irritated and if person we don't like then irritated from first question

  36. mcrawford76 profile image90
    mcrawford76posted 12 years ago

    I think it's all a conspiracy by the AMA to make us type more and in turn more people get Carpal Tunnel Syndrom and Tendonitis. It's all a scam and we should revolt.
    I'm just kidding, I'm usually pretty long winded anyhow. Maybe they should put limits on how long the answers are instead.

    1. bethperry profile image85
      bethperryposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      lol I agree with the last part you wrote!

  37. Hyphenbird profile image83
    Hyphenbirdposted 12 years ago

    Wisdom does not have too be lengthy. An accurate and concise answer is better than long winded nonsense.

  38. nifty@50 profile image69
    nifty@50posted 12 years ago

    I'll have what Peter Davis is having! (Harry Met Sally reference)! LOL!

  39. DemonDragon profile image61
    DemonDragonposted 12 years ago

    well, if a short answer is your style, you should keep that style.

  40. profile image0
    jasper420posted 12 years ago

    very because sometimes all the qushtion requiers is a one word answer

  41. Pikachusif profile image61
    Pikachusifposted 12 years ago


    (Same principle as Jarn for maximum irony.)

  42. Darknlovely3436 profile image71
    Darknlovely3436posted 12 years ago

    What is usually does it write the person question then i give my short answer to avoid that pop up. however question can be answer with the yes/no response.

  43. zionmyhome profile image59
    zionmyhomeposted 12 years ago

    The nature of someone asking a questions means that they are lacking knowledge in the area, and you the 'expert' have that knowledge.  It's easy to forget how little someone might know about something.  It's hard to force yourself to be so descriptive but sometimes it's necessary to go the extra mile to answer the question properly.

  44. Gracefulwriter profile image61
    Gracefulwriterposted 11 years ago

    I don't know, but I do & they're awful. My mom had 'em & we laughed at her. Oh, brother, it's not funny. I don't think men have 'em ... I haven't seen any men with a waterfall running down their foreheads.

  45. nanderson500 profile image81
    nanderson500posted 11 years ago

    Yes. Some questions can be answered sufficiently with a short response.

  46. bethperry profile image85
    bethperryposted 11 years ago

    Oh yes, this has happened to me, too. I don't like it; sometimes a short and sweet answer is sometimes a lot more apt to the question.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)