I have noticed that a lot of questions are left answered because apparently there is no "benefit" in spending time to answer a questions. Now "benefit" need not to be monetary, it can be like improved profile score or user rating or something. But Q/A section should be more engaging, people often ask silly questions and they pass unmonitored. One the section will be engaging the quality of Questions will be improved. Share your opinion!
I regularly look for questions and try to find ones I can answer. Sometimes I'll get an idea for a Hub there. The reason I go there is the same as for coming here - to see if there's something I can "ponder" and maybe come up with some answer, mostly just because I'm looking for something to do (challenge myself, get in a discussion, whatever). I think people tend to try to answer the "good" questions, but some of them are just ridiculous; or else they're written in a way that it isn't even possible to know what the person is asking.
I "love" this kind of thing: "Is my ex-boyfriend going to come back to me?" or this: "Best looking Bollywood actress". Even if it were "Best looking Hollywood actress" I wouldn't be bothered. Maybe I'm not recalling correctly, but it seems to me when it was called, "requests", the "questions" were better.
I think what would improve it would be if more Hubbers posted questions. (I'll admit not posting very many, if any.) This may be very "un-creative" of me, but I've tried to think up stuff to ask on there, and I can't think of anything. Besides, if I try to think up something to ask just to ask something, I don't really care about the answer anyway (so if there's something that notifies people about answers to their questions, I don't want to be getting notices about something I don't care about).
For me, one reward is if I think I may actually be able to help someone by answering. Another one is if the question is something I'm interested in and can "challenge myself" with what I can come up. On those days when I scroll past page after page of questions and only see ridiculous stuff, all the points in the world wouldn't get me to waste my time on them (even if I could figure out how to answer them).
Other than more "serious" Hubbers posting questions, I think there needs to be some kind of screening out going on. I can see what you're saying as far as more answers making the section look "less dead", but I think the root of the problem is with the quality of the questions that are there now.
I don't mean to be negative - just honest. Maybe there needs to be a "HubPages challenge" to all "serious" Hubbers, asking that everyone think up five questions - or something like that. I wonder, too, if it might help if the questions were broken down into types, like, "quick facts", "opinions", "advice", and "how-to's".
That small button that reads "flag" is there so that users reading that section can report questions that are inappropriate, are of low-quality, are spam or somehow violate HubPages' TOS.
If anyone reading that section see something questionable, that's their cue to help the (very small) Admin Team and bring that question to their attention faster.
I can't see why I'd want to improve the Q/A section because I can't see the point of it, other than giving Hubbers a few ideas for new Hubs. It seems to me HubPages would function perfectly well without it.
If they want many answers they can have every answer (limited to a minimum 100 words) on its own page. The answer would thus be matched with the corresponding Adsense code splitting revenue between the answerer and hubpages.
This may just be me, but I'm reluctant to flag because so often I think, "Well, I may think this is a stupid question or a bad one; but just because it isn't my cup of tea, do I have a right to flag it?" I pretty much suffer from "who-am-I-to-judge syndrome" sometimes, I guess.
There are a lot of benefits in asking and answering questions. You just need to look at it a little bit deeper.
The only problem in that area is that people ask questions and they seem never to bother with the answers they get. How would you feel when you spend your two minutes answering someone’s question only to find out that he/she did not bother to read your answer?
People should make use of the vote up, vote down and flag buttons to improve on how we interact in that Q&A section.
Get flagging people! And the quality will improve when the crap is filtered out.
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 Suzanne Day 4 years ago
Hi everyone,I'm just starting out in the wonderful world of Hubpages questions and answers. I've had a look through the help centre and only found a little info....basically that Q&A's are meant to be a very mini hub type thing, where you can earn the 60% for all views on your Question and...
by Paul Maplesden 5 years ago
All of us that have visited the question section know that much of the content there is of very questionable quality. It's difficult to see how many of the questions really contribute to the community or discussion on HubPages at all, ranging as they do from mediocre to banal.Of course, there are...
by Kristy Callan 4 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...
by Lela 2 years ago
To date, I have been denied permission to ask and/or answer questions because of revenge? mark downs by disgruntled hubbers. I get blocked for a while, then un-blocked, then blocked again. Also some of my Q&As are deleted by HP staff without notice or a chance to defend my position. The Q&A...
by Susannah Birch 5 years ago
What do you think of people who ask a question then use the answers to write a hub?What do you think of people who ask a question (in forums or answer section etc) then use your answers and turn them into a hub? Would it bother you?
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