Questions From The WA Community - Answering vs Responding

Last Update: September 17, 2019

Hi Folks

I haven't blogged for a while here in the Community and I've slipped out of the Top 100 and then the Top 200, but hay-ho - rank is not what I'm here for.

Which in a round about sort of way brings me to the point of this post.

One thing that might have slowed my slide in the rankings is that as I've gained a bit more knowledge and experience thanks to the excellent training here at Wealthy Affiliate, I feel a bit more confident in answering some of the questions that members ask.

Note, please, that I said 'ANSWERING' - or at least attempting to! I did not say 'RESPONDING'.

I've also asked a couple of questions myself when I've exhausted the various possibilities that our excellent search facility throws back at me, and it's when I get a response rather than an answer that I spit out my coffee (or my tea, as I'm English!) and scream at my computer 'Aaaargh......why do people do this?' Or words to that effect. It may be a little more colourful if the Wife and kids aren't in the house!

So, what am I getting at?

Well, if you haven't guessed (and if you're one of the guilty ones, you probably have guessed and might be feeling a little embarrassed!), it's things like this:

Answer vs Response

1. 'Sorry, Rich. I don't know.'

2. 'That's never happened to me, Rich. Can't help you there.'

3. 'Look, Rich - xxxxxxx has answered your question.'

If you're one of the culprits, can I ask you what does any of this achieve?

I would suggest that apart from Number 3, if it helps me find the answer in amongst all the non-answers cluttering up the thread - absolutely nothing apart from maybe moving you a little closer to the Top 200 / 100 / 50 for 'helping' one of your fellow Community Members!

If someone asks a question and you were wondering the same thing, by all means give the person who answers it properly a 'Like' or a 'thank you' type comment, but please don't clutter up the thread with irrelevant and unhelpful comments.

The ranking system is open to abuse - if that's not too strong a way of putting it - in this way, but at the end of the day we call came on board with Wealthy Affiliate to earn money, not for some ranking score and anybody who posts up irrelevant and unhelpful responses to people's questions is not only wasting that person's time, but also their own.

Wouldn't it be more productive to watch a training video, or do some keyword research, or tweak your website a little? Something that might earn you the money you came here for, rather than get you a brief moment of attention - and not really the kind you'd want if it's a habit and you get a reputation for it?

When someone asks the Community a question, they are seeking an answer to a problem. They only want to know what you know, not what you don't know.

If someone gives them the answer they need, they will find it thanks to the notification they get from within the e-mail system. They don't need you to tell them that so-and-so has answered their question for them. That just clutters up the thread and increases the possibility that they may actually overlook it.

There is a huge difference between having something to say and just having to say something.

If you're one of the culprits, please consider how irritating you would probably find it being done to you, and please re-visit your reasons for joining Weatlhy Affiliate in the first place. Crack on with the stuff that's going to put money in your wallet. Once you've achieved that, you'll be able to give people proper answers to their questions rather than waste their time with irrelevant responses.

Sorry if this was a bit negative, guys and girls, but I felt it needed saying and I've got a gut feeling I'm not the only one who feels the same way.

Maybe next time someone does it to you, reply with the link to this blog post (your own affiliate link, of course...!) and perhaps embarrass them a little!

Have a great WA Day!

Cheers

Rich

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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Rich,

I have been here since January 2017. As I am slow especially with the technical details I hardly could say anything, I did not dare.
Nowadays I know a bit more but in general steer clear of technical questions.
I try to remember if I have sinned in the past by giving a useless answer, I hope not but if I have I am so sorry.
You were irritated, I hope the air has cleared again?

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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RichBrennan Premium
I think a sincere error and a sin are 2 different things, Taetske. We're only human after all. If I can't answer a question but would like to know the answer, I'll bookmark it until someone more knowledgeable than me provides it. Then I'll give them a 'Like' and maybe a thank you, along with the person who asked the question to start with. When I try to answer to a question, I always do my best to make sure what I'm saying is accurate, but if have any doubts I refrain like you.
Thanks for stopping by.
Cheers
Rich :-)
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CathyAllen Premium
I don't know.
jk
I completely agree!
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RichBrennan Premium
Thanks, Cathy. Good to know there's common ground!
Cheers
Rich :-)
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Teresa912 Premium
Cheers Rich, thank you for being bold and posting this. I can imagine it was difficult to write. I have found myself feeling annoyed by some responses to posts. I am new to the community. I have been here almost a month and when I log on I want to increase my knowledge in some fashion. So thanks again, and have a blessed day. Teresa
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RichBrennan Premium
Hi Teresa
I think it's all the more important for people who do this to consider how they might cause newer Members of the Community to view Wealthy Affiliate when they see it happening.
If they see something they perceive as amateurish then there's a danger it can distort their view of Wealthy Affiliate as a whole and not just of the individual concerned.
We all join to learn and earn, when all is said and done and I'm glad that you can see past it and understand the real value of what we've got here. Thanks for stopping by and all the best with your online ventures.
Cheers
Rich :-)
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Selenityjade Premium
Excellent post and I agree!! This drives me nuts! That and wrong answers. Whenever a question gets multiple answers, I will comment with the one that is correct, like for example, "So-and-so's answer is the one that I agree with." Or I expand on an answer.

But I always find responding instead of answering to be pointless. Unless someone wants to follow the thread to learn the answer, then they should say that.

You're right about how frustrating it is!
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RichBrennan Premium
Thanks for your response, Rochelle.
When you see multiple answers to a question it's always good to back up the one you think is right based on your knowledge and experience, and I think people would appreciate that.
Wrong answers are sometimes sincere mistakes which is forgivable although frustrating, so it's always good when an experienced Member of the Community adds value to someone's answer.
Cheers
Rich :-)
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Selenityjade Premium
You're right!
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firstlearn Premium
A great post Rich. I agree most heartily with you that pointless comments are a waste of time and space but of course, there is the like button for your ranking to consider.

I will often give someone in the chain of answers a like rather than put almost the same response again.

Derek
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RichBrennan Premium
Good point about the chain of answers, Derek. I omitted to mention repeat answers. If someone's already given a proper answer to the question, it doesn't need continuous repetition.
Cheers
Rich :-)
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