It depends on the question. Do I know about the subject? Am I interested in the topic? Etc.
For the most part, they make me think about things I wouldn't normally think about, and I learn about myself and my views on things. It's also nice to write about something other than my own hubs (during breaks!)
It varies on my mood and the time of day. Like now. I don't have enough time to write a hub (it is 12:10 PDT & where I work a chain of tire stores is having a sale and I have to get up early) and I am composing a letter to a friend. I'm looking not for inspiration for the letter, more so looking for words. I'm too tired to stay focused on hub, so quick glances here and there keep me perked up.
Other times I am in the mood and have time for a hub. I will trot through the questions like a blood hound or a springer spaniel sniffing out the right question to answer with a hub.
Sometimes I go to the back looking through the dusty shelves and new hubbers. A a spark may be all it takes to fire up their enthusiasm. Next thing you know there is a new hub
And, there are those times I feel cranky and mischievous and leave riddles for the answers, yet still be about the question. I do that to tune up my mind. Usually only with a friend who knows if they want they can kick it and I will just grin.
The next one is I am in agreement with Faceless39. Questions offer the opportunity to learn from the comments and giving pause, even though an answer may not be offered.
Lastly, I use questions for therapy. I do word association. An EX: This question is a very good question that captivates the mind. Like a page in training and a skilled knight the pair wander about asking and thinking of this and that. Then the battle draws near challenged with a what and a why we soon discover a hub with a hoot and howl.
I like the cleanliness and finality of the questions. Forums tend to get overly long and the topic wanders off. Granted, the option to comment on answers is here now, but I still feel like I can just find a question, answer it, and then move on without worrying what sort of thread will come out of it. I do enjoy seeing responses to my answer, but the character limit on comments ensures the continued focus of the original question.
If I find a question interesting and I know a bit about it that might add something useful for the person asking, then I will answer the question. Also if it's a question asking for help and if a similar thing has happened to me or if I feel I know something about the subject, and feel I can offer some useful advice, then I will answer the question. I've actually met a couple of good hubber friends on the site due to answering questions or when they answered mine - so it's also a good way to meet fellow hubbers and get to know them.
In all honesty, I want to get my first accolade for answering 10 questions. Realistically, I am at a slow pace in getting that accolade because I don't find many good questions that I can answer based on relevancy to my interest in the topic being asked. I answer only questions that are intriguing and that I have the right answers to.
I am motivated NOT to answer if I see a question from a hubber that is asking 5 or 10 questions a day. It seems like they are just trying to attract other hubbers to their site and I do not want to waste my time giving them an answer. I am motivated to answer if I feel that I have a unique opinion or knowledge of the subject.
So, you see yourself as the Q&A police? LOL.
I like to ask questions, and I enjoy reading what others have to write/ask.
I highly doubt the majority of people answering my questions have felt obligated to visit my hubs. IMO.
The police? Not by any means. I am not going to flag or otherwise try to interfere with that person but neither am I going to bother answering just for the sake of answering, especially if I have nothing to contribute (ie "good question").
If I find the topic interesting then I will read the other hubber's answers, and if I have something more to add then I will answer. I have to say that I somewhat agree with DrMark1961 in being turned off to answering a hubber's questions when I see that person asking many questions on different topics all within minutes of each other. There is no focus there and it seems as if the hubber is asking questions just for the sake of asking questions rather than having a genuine interest in the topic being discussed.
My honest answer right now is "I don't know." I've only been on HubPages for one week, and I want to try everything. I spent my first week concentrating on writing some Hubs, commenting, following and leaving fan mail. Now I'm trying out the Q&A section.
So far, I've found it a mix of frustrating and enjoyable. Frustrating when the questions are low quality, enjoyable when I find one I can contribute something worthwhile to.
I want to be a good Hubber but I also want to spend my time wisely. I'm here in Q&A to find out whether answering questions is a good use of my precious time.
Interesting questions. There are some silly ones. But a good question gets me thinking and that's always a good thing.
It is interesting to answer questions if they deserve answers.
it helps one to comeout with a solution in most situations than being passive.
by kallini2010 18 months ago
I have been on HubPages only for two months. I did not think that "Asking & Answering Questions" was a complicated matter.But I have come across a question that if you ask a question and then answer it with your own hub, it is "faking it". My understanding was...
by Poon Poi Ming 10 years ago
Hi, I wonder why I am suddenly banned from answering questions. Is the ban permanent or temporary? I have written to the HubPages Team but I thought that I may be able to get a faster response here. Is there a guideline on how to answer questions? Honestly, I really don't know which rule I have...
by DougBerry 10 years ago
So, are you just answering/asking questions to get an accolade? I am.
by Jeffrey Neal 12 years ago
Why do you answer questions on HubPages?Is it to get rated up on your answer?Is it to gain exposure and you hope to get more fans(followers)?Is it because you genuinely like answering others' questions?Some other reason?
by Mr.NGR 9 years ago
Why do prefer answering questions to asking questions?If the other way around then why do prefer that?
by Kristy Callan 9 years ago
When I look at the questions section of hubpages I see pages and pages of silly questions. A lot of the time, when I click on "unanswered" or "latest" I see that the same person has asked ten or so questions in a row. I suspect that in most cases this is because of the fact that...
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