When you are trying to decide on which one of the answers you have received is the best, what kinds of criteria do you have, or what sort of "guides" your judgement?
I apologize if that is vague.
Anyway, the reason why I ask this question is not because I care much about the actual "Best Answer" thing, but I want to generally improve the quality of feedback that I provide.
Thanks in advance to people who will post serious answers.
Uhh, right now, out of the 5 serious answers I have, only one comes from a male. I would personally like to receive some more insight from males. (This doesn't mean I don't want more answers from females.)
Now I feel like all of these answers deserve the "Best Answer"... Uhh, I need to think about this for a while... and select only one, somehow...
Typically I give best answer to the person who put the most thought into it. That doesn't necessarily mean writing an essay for an answer either. Whether I agree with it or not, the person who does the best job of explaining the logic behind their answer wins IMO.
Also I typically only give best answers once every few weeks. I'll go through all the questions I asked over the past few weeks and award best answers then. I think it gives people the time they need.
when I receive answers (not just the ones on here but in general) I really think about what solution would benefit me. when people give me pointless answers, they immediatally exit the history in my brain. questions and answers work hand-in-hand, if they don't support each other .. the final decision will come out like sh*t. so basically... I use common sense - Sara Lamoureux
A lot of times when you ask a question, instead of answering what you ask, people start trying to push their opinions on you instead. That's the kind of answer I def wouldn't give BA too. So I guess something that actually answers what I asked, and then whichever answer I find most helpful out of those.
I usually decide based on thoughtfulness of the response and what seems to me to most likely to be correct (if it's the type of question that has a correct answer). I try my best not to give best answers just to the answer that appeals to me more because that just seems like me seeking confirmation of my own opinion and that's not why I ask them.
i think an answer is the "best" answer when it helps the asker the most. There are a lot of questions thoughm were there is no "best" answer. For example: any question that is about opinion. Like "Girls: do you like gentleman or a**hole?" (question doe not make any sense, but that's mot my point :P)
There will be be girls saying just "gentleman" or "a**holes" and there will be girls who say "gentleman, BECAUSE..."
While the second one is more interesting to read, it is not the "best answer". An opion is not good or bad.
An answer that has some logic behind it. Even if I completely disagree with what the person responded with, if it makes sense, and is the most reasonable, then it deserves to have the best answer. I'm pretty open-minded, so, for me to completely disregard a response simply because I don't agree with it doesn't make much sense. Now, if I don't agree with it because it doesn't make sense, then I won't even consider it being an option for the best answer...Of course, I am looking at this from a "best answer period" standpoint. Not from the "best answer for me" standpoint.