Coz dude, girls have to consider a million things and think about it. Saying "maybe'' doesn't mean yes or no, so don't try interpreting it.
Like, for example. If the guy I've been crushing on for 2 years asks me out, I'll say maybe and think about it and then answer. I won't be like, "Yes, Yes, YES!"
Because first of all my parents don't approve of relationships... I need to consider that. Also, I need to think of the consequences. Will my friend, who likes him too, take offense? I might be spoiling a couple of friendships if I do that. And, will this change my reputation, will people look at me differently?
So, you get it? This is just me. Most girls have a billion more reasons why they say maybe. You can't just give right out an answer you know. Atleast this is for me.. and all of the other girls I know.
Maybe means no. Just for future reference I always said maybe when asked out even though I had no intention of being with any of them. If they actually like you they would say yes. Sorry.
Just for a side note though, there are multiple reasons why a girl would turn a guy down so don't feel bad. They could be like me and have commitment issues or phobia. (Although men are more likely to have it.) So don't get down. Good luck man.
Perhaps in your experience girls have said maybe, but we do give straight answers. How many have said that by the way? A girl could say "maybe" for a few reasons, it really depends on how well you know her and what the situation was.
to try to seem smart...ever see miss America pagents? "how do you help your communtiy?" "Ummm...well I uh...hire people to do work for me so I can devote my time to being beautiful and I love Africa and China and my mom.."