Suppose, you see a question you'd like to answer. You know how to answer it. Before submitting your own answer, do you read what other people had to say? Please, explain your approach.
Reading other answers may change your opinion of the question and the asker. You may no longer wish to answer the question and your point of view will not be known. You may not add weight to a similar viewpoint, if you think one answer is enough. This argument is in favor of not reading the answers first.
I usually don't. I like to just type out what I know I want to say first. Sometimes I will glance before I answer, but I try not to read them all fully. I don't always even read them after I answer haha
Usually yes. It depends how many answers there already are. If there's more than, say, eight answers from each gender, I just scan instead of fully read, unless somebody says something that really captures my attention.
I never just answer without looking at any others at all, though.
Sometimes I do, other times I go back and read them right after I submit mine. I can't really say what decides which route I take because it's totally random. Sometimes the answers and comment exchanges inspire something else I want to add to my original post.
I generally don't read answers to a question before I leave an answer myself, because I want my answer to be 100% mine and not get influenced by others. But honestly there are some questions that I KIND OF form an opinion about, but I want to read what others said first to help me fully develop my kind-of idea. Very interesting question, I've never thought about this before! And by the way I didn't read the other answers on your question before posting mine lol
Usually I type my answer first. If I read answers before I type mine I will lose my train of thought. I usually read the other answers before I submit mine in case someone says something I want to reiterate or elaborate on.
I do because I find it intersting on what other people have to say. Sometimes it stops me from answering though because someone else says pretty much what I had planed to and I feel maybe they even said it better then I could have.
Not usually. I have a pretty good outline of what I am going to answer with so I don't need to look at others' to decide what I am going to write. Occasionally I will if it is a subject I don't have much information on so that I can confirm my answer.
Usually, I do. If someone has already stated the same information that I have on something, I might just comment or add to it if I agree with it. Often, there's no point in repeating something that's already been said, especially if the question is informative in nature.
Sometimes, if the question is like this one (basically a poll), I'll answer without bothering to read others' comments first, though I usually read them after.