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Does a question with "Best Answer" already awarded make you less likely to answe

  1. Georgie Lowery profile image95
    Georgie Loweryposted 5 years ago

    Does a question with "Best Answer" already awarded make you less likely to answer?

    I've seen lately that there are quite a few questions with "Best Answer" given out in less than an hour. I sometimes wait weeks before I choose.

  2. duffsmom profile image61
    duffsmomposted 5 years ago

    While I don't think about getting "best answer" when I answer a question, I have to admit when I see a best answer chosen so soon--I do tend to pass on answering that question.

    1. Insane Mundane profile image59
      Insane Mundaneposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, I like the old system better - that at least allows other users to vote up the most accepted answer to the top, as this method promotes personal bias via the one who asks the original question (like selecting the best answer due to friendship).

    2. Georgie Lowery profile image95
      Georgie Loweryposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The whole  Best Answer thing confuses me. Often people jump right on an answer as soon as they get one. I like to let as many folks as want to answer get in on it and then I decide which I like the most. Except in this case. wink

  3. Insane Mundane profile image59
    Insane Mundaneposted 5 years ago

    Yeah, I've seen that very same thing happen on here several times.  If it's at least a semi-interesting query, I'll answer it anyway, but it does sort of emit the whole "this question is closed" vibe, when seeing such things.
    Hey, I was almost the first to answer this question...  Act quickly and vote me as the "best answer" before the others come in!  Just kidding... LOL!

    1. Georgie Lowery profile image95
      Georgie Loweryposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hey, you asked for it. wink

    2. Insane Mundane profile image59
      Insane Mundaneposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Dang, this was easier than I thought; thanks!  Ha!  tongue

    3. Georgie Lowery profile image95
      Georgie Loweryposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Ask and ye shall receive. But don't ask for my chocolate - that might get you something you really don't want! wink

  4. lburmaster profile image83
    lburmasterposted 5 years ago

    Not at all. They asked for an opinion, so I give them one even if they have chosen their favorite. My opinion is different than theirs so it might be better from their perspective.

    1. Georgie Lowery profile image95
      Georgie Loweryposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I applaud you. Even though I've already thrown the best answer for this question because I'm ridiculous, I hope people still answer it.

  5. alvairs profile image62
    alvairsposted 5 years ago

    No, best answer doesn't hinder me from giving my views on a question, i think other views or opinion to the question may encourage readership as well as alternative solutions.

    1. Georgie Lowery profile image95
      Georgie Loweryposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I will usually only answer in this scenario if there's something I can really add to the conversation. I like your point about encouraging readership, I hadn't thought of that. Thanks.

    2. alvairs profile image62
      alvairsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You are welcome.

  6. Sherry Hewins profile image94
    Sherry Hewinsposted 5 years ago

    Sometimes, if no answer really stands out, I never choose a best answer. However, to answer your question, I am not dissuaded from answering a question when a "Best Answer" has already been chosen. This is especially true if the best answer was chosen very quickly.

    1. Georgie Lowery profile image95
      Georgie Loweryposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I've done that, not choosing a best answer. I've gotten good ones though after weeks or even months.

  7. Rebecca2904 profile image79
    Rebecca2904posted 5 years ago

    I don't answer questions just because I might be awarded the 'best answer' but when it's already been picked it does seem like the person who asked is finished with that question and isn't too interested in any more responses. I normally wait a couple of weeks, or until the answers stop coming in, to choose the best answer so that I don't inadvertently put anyone off answering.

  8. Rochelle Frank profile image97
    Rochelle Frankposted 5 years ago

    It might, but I recently saw a question with a "best answer" where the answer (according to HubPages terms) was actually wrong.... so I had to answer.
    I usually wait quite a while, before deciding.
    I think we should be able to retract and reassign the "best answer" if a better reply comes through.

    1. alvairs profile image62
      alvairsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Surely to be fair to be fair to every one.

 
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