How many questions get asked that never have a "Best Answer" selected?
Does anyone else find themselves not offering an answer to a question, because it would "mess up" their "Best Answer Ratio"?
I admit: there are some questions I have not answered because my answer would be short and not that different than what someone else might say.
I'm goal oriented. This site keeps track of the ratio of my answers that are chosen as "Best Answers."
So why throw a short answer out there, even if it is accurate?
Here is an idea I have spent all of 5 minutes thinking about, so it must be the best way to change things, and the operators of this site would be FOOLISH to not implement it immediately:
Instead of giving points to people when their answer is selected as the "Best," give fewer points to people for every time a person marks that they "agree" with the answer a person submits. You know, that little "up-arrow." Make each one worth a point or something. Maybe even go so far as to make each "down-arrow" cost a person a point. Maybe not. Whatever.
Then - and here's the thing that I think would also help a lot:
Give the question-asker points for going back and selecting a "Best Answer."
Maybe just do this, but split the points between the answerer and the asker (5 each, isn't it?).
Right this second I think that answerer-ers not getting points for "Best Answer" but instead getting points for each "arrow-up" agreement, and question-askers getting points for selecting a "Best Answer" is a better way to go.
'Cause you know, I've been thinking about this for 5 minutes now and believe I've come up with a better way to run this site.
What do others think about the number of questions that get a "Best Answer" selected? and do others admit that they have not provided an answer because they didn't want to mess-up their question-to-best answer ratio?
Most Helpful Guy
I got over thinking about best answer ratios a long time ago. Sometimes I make well thought out answers, sometimes I make amusing ones, sometimes I am really helpful, sometimes I give a shot that I think is what they need to here but certainly won't make them happy ...1