Do you think people are getting less hits because they pick a "Best Answer" too soon?
I admit, many times I will pass answering a question that has a best answer chosen because I sometimes assume that the asker does not intend to re-visit their question once they pick. I know, answers are for everybody,but that best answer is an incentive.
Yes! I assume that the author of the question has already been satisfied and the conversation is no longer current. I will not answer a question "after the fact". Just the other day someone asked a question and chose a best answer within a few hours and the page is blowing up with new answers. I think it was absolutely premature. How many people were lost from that page because there was already an answer chosen?
Maybe they should have a best answer update?
Or, not allow a pick until a certain number of answers have been submitted. Who wants best answer out of two answers? Those accolades wouldn't mean much.
I've asked questions that have only had a couple of answers... some just work like that. I guess I'm thinking if the page is on fire, let it go for a moment.
Truthfully, the hits or views aren't affected by a best answer being given, because we don't see that before we click on the link to view the questions. With that said, I will wait sometimes weeks before granting "best answer" because I noticed that sometimes good answers will come in days later. I usually won't add to answers if the best has already been chosen, unless I have something dramtically different to add.
Good point. I guess it might not stop someone from showing up, but maybe stop them from participating.
Sometimes it seems like the conversation is booming and I feel like a tool jumping in after the answer has been picked, I assume I'll be all alone
You should, though, especially if you can add something interesting or vital to the conversation!
People seem to run when I come around... I don't know how to shut up :-)
I know that feeling. My Mimi called me "Motor Mouth" when I was a kid.
Ha ha, well I think that's what makes you, you! At least interesting things spew from your mouth :-)
A lot of the time I make no sense at all. I just told someone a little while ago that I was running a load of clothes through the microwave.
Ha ha, see, at least it's good for a laugh :-)
Sure, the people who ask question should allow a decent time to select best answers. It may take few days to receive some more fine answers. So it is better they wait a few days and analyzing the received one, select a good one as The Best. Moreover, if you select the best one immediately, the others who wish to answer your question lose interest and won't give you answers. It means you are losing an even better answer.
As I always feel that there can be better than best, I will not stop answering even if Best Answer is chosen. One thing is there that the questioner should have the option to change the Best Answer as he/she may have change of his/her view point. Once the "Best Answer" is marked, it implies that it will not be wise to answer that question anymore. But I am not that wise
maybe, i don't pick best answer that quickly. I will wait at least a couple of days to see how many viewers.
Once I see that the best answer has been chosen, I do not comment anymore, its not that I want my answer to be chosen, its just that I figure that the person who asked the question has gotten the answer that they were looking for
I don't think so, I've had questions answered after choosing a best answer and still was interested in what the person had to say. I think if our only incentive to answer a question is the potential for a "best answer" selection, we are missing the point anyway. I think questions/answers are for the benefit of the community as a whole and that we should answer in the spirit of wanting to share regardless of whether we have the chance to be picked best or not.
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