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Questions / Answers Sections needs moderation, improvement & engament

  1. profile image0
    khmohsinposted 8 years ago

    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!

    1. Lisa HW profile image72
      Lisa HWposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      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.   hmm  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".

    2. relache profile image88
      relacheposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    3. Marisa Wright profile image99
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    4. ngureco profile image84
      ngurecoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  2. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    You can flag the questions.

  3. Lisa HW profile image72
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    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.  smile

  4. ngureco profile image84
    ngurecoposted 8 years ago

    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.

  5. darkside profile image81
    darksideposted 8 years ago

    Get flagging people! And the quality will improve when the crap is filtered out.