Do you think being able to choose a best answer will change the Answers section?
So it has now been said that soon we will be able to pick a best answer. Do you think this will have any impact on the answers section?
I do not think it will matter. Some people follow and some people lead and the leaders will read all the answers and make their own conclusions and the followers will read only the best answers and draw conclusions without all the information (similar to the forums that are based on an article or what not, no one reads it but still comments and do not follow what is really happening). So I say most people will draw their own conclusions and it will probably not change it too much.
We have the up/down vote democratic way of rating answers
So I take it that my saying people will make their own conclusions is not democractic??? People will always draw their own conclusions whether you or any one else votes me up or down. Get it???
I think the answers are based on facts, so if you want to vote know them all.
I think this Q&A stuff will lower Hubpages' authority if it is not careful and we will bomb. We are an article platform and that is what we should stay as. Choosing best answers etc just pulls away from what Hubpages is about.
HubPages is no longer "just" an Article Platform. Considering that they have added Video and Recipes, I think the Q and A will actually give HP a higher presence in search engines. That's just my opinion of course! We are competing on multiple levels
Well I also do believe it is all fun too,the voting thing on Hubpages. Give a little take a little.
This seems a whole lot like what goes on at Yahoo Answers to me - and although that can be a good way to share info, the whole voting thing is not usually about the genuinely best answer, but about what is closest to what the questioner "wants to hear" or it's a popularity contest etc. I don't have much confidence that a "best answer" vote is a great way to develop one's authority when it can be so easily biased. Time will tell I suppose hmm.
I am not sure who chooses the best answer. I do know, that it does through the chronological order out the window, so I often click on the latest box so I can see how the discussion progressed.
I think the rating buttons are misused. They should be an agree or disagree button and then the number posted besides the comment. There could be a third button with options for obscenity, personal attacks, and the usual stuff used for flagging hubs. I had one comment hidden and I think it was because the people did not agree with me. I used no foul language, I did not insult anyone. I only stated my opinion. Stating opinions should not be an option for keeping a comment hidden.
Good answer. The same thing happened to me when I answered a question when I first joined, it was hidden because it was my opinion and it was not agreeded upon by the questions author. I agree with you that rating buttons are misused and biased.
Shawn May, It may not even have been the author who disagreed. I have asked many questions that I haven't even voted on and an answer ends up hidden. People just misuse the voting.
If it changes anything, I am not sure. I do think it is a good thing that the person who asks the question in the first place can highlight the best answer; that means that the answer has been answered with detail and it may help the reader navigate to the best answer if they have the same question. I personally think it is an improvement.
It will change it for the worse. Many people will read only the "best answer" and for an opinion question, that defeats the object - the whole point of a debate is to hear different opinions and consider them.
And who will choose the best answer? The questioner or the readers? The questioner may have trouble choosing one if many answers are of similar merit. And readers will vote for the answer they themselves agree with rather than the best considered. They will vote using their own criteria. To get any fair vote, you would have to set criteria for them to use so that there was at least some consistency.
The questions set here are not often those which would be found in searches, they are viewed mainly by Hubbers, so I can't see the point of choosing one answer. Also, of course, no one will add an answer once the 'best answer' has been selected.
We enter answers to join in a discussion too, to participate and communicate, not to be judged. We're not getting paid for it - there's no prize - so why should there be a contest?
I don't know if it will make the answers section better, but I think it needed to be done to distinguish the answers section from the forum section. When if you think about it without awarding best answers, the answers section (with comments) was basically another forum
I hope so!
Hubbers who leave great answers will now have the ability to be recognized for doing so. I hope that this this leads to more Hubbers leaving the best possible answer.
I also hope that the "best answer" feature will help to differentiate the Answers section from the Forums.
Great point Ari about differentiating Answers from Forums; less flagging and less removal of questions means a better Q/A pool. I had a Hubber select my answer to one of their questions as the best and it made me feel good! Change is progress...JS~
by Faith Reaper 24 months ago
I apologize, but it seems a "Best" answer was chosen on my question when I did not choose it. I hope the HP Team can help me or someone can inform me why that happened! I noticed it via my phone and I knew that I did not choose an answer and I was not going to do so any time...
by Dr Abby Campbell 5 years ago
Yesterday, I posted a question in the Answers section. After doing so, I received an immediate response that my question needed moderation. After a few hours, I went back to see if it had been approved. However, it was crossed out, and I received an emails as such:> Dear Abby Campbell,>>...
by Melanie Palen 6 years ago
I know this might seem like beating a dead horse, but...A lot of hubbers, even hubbers who have really written fab hubs and contribute a great deal of inspiration in the forums have been copying answers from other answer sites and using them as their own in the answer section in HubPages.I can...
by Andria 9 years ago
Some hubbers are taking the mick with it. It's spamming. It's not allowed in the forums. If you want attention promote yourself according to good manners. Not by over spamming in the questions section.
by americababy 6 years ago
There are some sites that have monetized their answer section. It would be interesting if Hubpages tried to do the same thing.I think the way they could do it would be to section off the answers into seperate mini-hubs and then allow hubbers the ability to control all their answers from their...
by Melanie Palen 15 months ago
There is no "report" button when viewing answers in the Q&A section.There are two patterns of behavior I've run into in the answers section that I feel are highly reportable:1) Spam2) Duplicate contentA few years back I asked the question, "Did you know that answering questions...
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