..... as soon as Brandon asks a question,
Colleen gives a nicely formatted answer that is already identified as being a
"... correct answer ..." ?
( with my de-emphasis from upper to lower-case so as not to appear to be shouting )
My guess was that they have been testing the "correct answer" formatting on "dummy" questions whose answers have already been prepared - regardless of the fact that the question may be incorrectly phrased
(e.g. " What are the chances of winning the Mega Millions and who has ONE the most?" . . . . . .- with my emphasis of the erroneous syntax.),
..... but it would be nice to know what the real reason is, because it is a futile waste of time putting together genuine answers, if they have already been prepared before "mere mortals" get to see the question for themselves.
Syntax has been corrected. Thank you for letting us know. To answer your question, we are doing a few things to determine specific characteristics of what a great question and great answer should both have. We are in the process of attempting to identify both. Some genuine answers are fantastic and some are not good at all. We are attempting to determine what makes one good and what makes one bad. :)
I was wondering the same thing earlier ;o considering we rarely see any of the staff posting or online anymore. I'm guessing it's a way to add more meaningful questions to the site as opposed to teenage drama questions for hits when people google or search?
Perhaps! :o Though that "best answer" thing has been there a while. All the advisors can mark answers as best, myself included ;o just there haven't been any great questions around.
Yes and no Bathory. We like all types of questions but at the end of the day we want to be able to provide answers for many types of questions that all can benefit from ideally.
That's fine, and perfectly reasonable in principle. Perhaps a bit more difficult to actually identify the good answers, reliably, in practice. Anyhow, good luck with it.