Daniel asked 5 months ago

Should more users on retrospring give long answers to questions?

Daniel

Should more users on retrospring give long answers to questions?

Sometimes long answers are adequate, sometimes short ones will do. Most users here seem to know when to elaborate, but some don’t really

They don't have to be tediously long, but I like seeing users put some thought into answers. What's the point if you're just gonna answer with one worded, yes or no responses?

It depends on the question. The depth of it, for example. Sometimes I appreciate it because I'd like an elaborate answer. Other times I feel it's unnecessary because I consider the question could be answered with a brief text (not as brief as a yes or no). Sometimes the question itself asks for a simple yes or no. So it's ok to have a mix of both. Think about all the questions in here being answered with long texts. Kill me, please.

I mean if they want to, I love long answers!

Not necessarily long ones but elaborat ones would be nice.

Yes, I guess the ones that reply with a sentence or two can stay the same if they want, but the ones that reply to tons of questions with one word.. what's the point? I don't even read them, I scroll by them.

Short answer: ❌

Long answer:

Look, I am just stating my opinion here, based on my 3+ years personal experience with question and answer websites: I do not think that a long answer is necessarily rich, in terms of content.

There are some cases where a long answer might be needeed to convey the complexity of the question (which may or may not be long - as is the case with non complex questions), or because a comparatively shorter answer wouldn't provide enough context in order to be clearly understandable.

Conversely, there are also cases where the large length of the answer is simply a result of too much free time or a peculiar i

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Well, perhaps longer than just a simple yes or no response.

Thats up to them. Sometimes Shannon's shrugs make me laugh. Other times I like thoughtful discussion.

I love when people give long answers. When they’ve put a bit of thought and effort into writing something. One word answers do my head in. What’s the point? In the good old days of Formspring, I would block serial one-word-answerers.

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