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Last Update: May 11, 2016

Redundant Answers - Broken Record Syndrome...

Not intending to be mean at all, but if a question posted here at WA has already been answered, there's usually no need to rephrase or reframe that same answer someone has already given.

Be Concise and Considerate

Oftentimes I've seen the same answer given over and over again, which may just overwhelm the person who has posed the question. I've even seen the same blog or training link given 3 or 4 times within a single thread!

No Need to Answer in a Rush!

In other words, when you're answering questions, just take a little time to browse through the comments thread. And by all means, if you can assist that person or have an answer that will add value to an existing answer then go for it!


Thomas :)

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Ultimateless Premium
Now there's an income earner. If someone could marshall all similar answers together, they could go into a few categories instead of one long thread. Anyone got any algorithms that can do this?
Mac01 Premium
Not that I know of mate!
vanbot Premium
Very good point, not that I know enough to answer a question but when I do, I will try to remember this.
Mac01 Premium
Thanks Vanbot, yes I've been guilty of this in the past, it's easy to do if we don't read through threads properly!
Vallery Premium
That will be difficult in some cases Mac.

For example, there are times when you will find so many many comments related to a particular question, and i will personally not have time to go through all of them.

Imagine you have to go through more than 50 comments just to provide an answer, how many questions will you answer?

This will also reduce the number of people who can benefit from your help.

In my opinion, many people won't do this.
Mac01 Premium
I guess you do have a good point there, Vallery.

I'm certainly not saying we shouldn't elaborate on what others have to say; I think it just pays to get a general idea of what people have previously said within the thread before researching and writing an answer that's already there.

That way, everyone saves time and going around in circles

MarionBlack Premium
Sometimes I will call attention to the best answer to reinforce it because other answers may be misleading. So I say "xxx has the right answer". I don't want to say "yyy is leading you down the garden path" even though I think yyy is totally wrong.
Mac01 Premium
Great tips there Marion, I like your tactfulness. :)
Sti183 Premium
Good point Marion. This would certainly help me as a newcomer here when reading through answers.
Ecowarrior Premium
Yes, will keep this in mind. Thanks, Lisa
Mac01 Premium
No worries, Ecowarrior! Cheers