What Can Be Done Against People, Abusing Fun Element Of Site By Giving Annoying/ Irrelevant Answers To Demanding Questions?

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Penny Kay Profile
Penny Kay answered
I don't think there is much to be done about it, except to learn that here as well as everywhere else in life, there will be people doing things that annoy you. It would be nice, if everyone here were respectful and considerate, but this is just a tiny part of the big world, and unfortunately, as with every other activity, club, destination, road trip, class, workplace, etc... There are those few, who just won't behave the way we wish they would. What do you do about it when things and people do not respond to life, with the same attitude as you?
Rena Chisholm Profile
Rena Chisholm answered
Not sure if there is anything more to be done in this situation.
I do agree with Dext. I think getting rid of the points system is probably the only solution.
  Don't know what we would do about wrong answers though. Most question posters don't know the answer to their question, so how will they know if it is right or wrong? Someone will have to step up to the plate and speak up.
Janet Simmons Profile
Janet Simmons answered
What about the people that ask a question and then turn around and answer their own question?  To some extent I do agree with you....however, there are times that I put annoying and irrelevant answers to some questions...I can think of two to date that I have done that.....and that is because I thought the question or comment had no place on Blurtit....one such question was just recently (How to do you hide a body?)...give me a break...the other was a suggestion for someone to commit suicide if they couldn't talk to a girl.  Those are the ones that I think deserve such an answer, but if the person is asking out of a genuine search of the truth then I think there should be a legitimate answer.  Thanks, Janes
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Janet Simmons
Janet Simmons commented
I don't think there is anything that can be done...this is an open forum...,some would probably say that you are also taking the fun away from the person answering the question. Other than taking the point system away....or the points being totally based on rating of the answer. But, then you have those that no matter how good or how bad the answer is....they don't rate it at all......or you have those that just because they don't like the answer however true it may have been would give a right and proper answer a low rating simply because it wasn't what they wanted to hear. I also think that just like you can't rate your own answers, you shouldn't be able to answer your own questions.
Anonymous
Anonymous commented
In general, I agree about answering your own questions. However, there are times when I have seen someone asked how to do something so many times... Like how to add a music player to the profile page, that the person then posts it as a question and then the same person gives the answer. In those cases, the idea is not so much based on getting points as it is on helping others with a commonly asked question.. And if the person went to that much effort ot help others, I see nothing wrong with them getting a few points for the effort.
Janet Simmons
Janet Simmons commented
Then that person should ask the question not you.....that's the whole point. How do you KNOW that anyone wants that question answered that's a lot of assumption on your or anyone's part.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Just ignore them and do not reward them with high ratings.  I do not personally care about it, and do not think the points are really important.  If they are doing that just to get into the top ten or something, then it is a lot of effort to go to for something which has really no importance. It is not like anyone is winning a prize or something.
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d ds
d ds commented
It is not about them winning prize because when they give bad annoying answers to other users, It hurts overall community answerers' image especially among new comers or temporary visitors who just come here through google etc for their answers.
Anonymous
Anonymous commented
Well, hopefully those who come in seeking answers will use a little discernment when reading them. Some answers I have seen given are simply flat out wrong. People should treat answers they get here as guidelines only, not as fact. Some answers I have gotten have not been fully accurate, nor did I really expect them to be, but they were helpful in that they gave me a general idea of what to look for when doing further research.
Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
Sadly, I don't think that there really is anything that can be done about them. I think that some people new to the site, are just trying to get away with being smart allecky, and then someone usually tells them to knock it off. That is really all that can be done, when they sign up, they are warned about being rude, and if it continues, then the mods will step in if there are complaints about this user.
Christopher Owen Profile
I would suggest that maybe you politely and tactfully remind the authors of the annoying answers to try a different approach.  Most people will listen and try to change unless they have a serious bone to pick.  

As for the irrelevant answers, not everyone may be able to adhere to the topic at first, but a gentle redirection by someone in the community may keep us all focused on the tasks at hand.  This site is somewhat for entertainment, so a little joke here and there won't hurt us too bad, I would hope, but obviously a little does go a long way for some.  If people really want to be here and co-exist with everyone else, we all have to bend a little, but not break, of course.  So... I guess just to keep talking about it would be my solution.  Enough healthy communication should take care of the problem in no time at all.  And it doesn't hurt to have a healthy sense of humor, however this is not comic central nor is it a library.  Granted, I'm relatively new here, but I think I have a good sense of what the inventors of this site may be going for in terms of how it operates, and much of it goes back to healthy, positive communication, whether it be a question or an answer, and plenty of good insight with as much accuracy and light-heartedness as possible in the process.  And I see no problem with the point system, it's nice to have rewards for good work, even on a recognition level.  There's nothing wrong or ineffective with recognizing who has put forth true effort to answer the best they can.  As for the "point-seekers,"  if it makes them happy to seek out recognition for excellent work, then by all means, let them have the points for it.  If I did an excellent job at my place of employment, I would expect the same treatment, preferrably in cash of course. Lol   I'm hoping this was quite helpful to all who read this, and I'm glad to be in the company of such caring, smart, and conscientious people.  Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings.  :)
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d ds
d ds commented
A very mature and impressive answer. I have no words to explain the beauty of words in your answer.
Christopher Owen
Christopher Owen commented
Thank you, Helpful. Honestly, I didn't know I had it in me to write like this. It's easier for me to communicate in front of a computer , however. In person, I botch up what I am saying much of the time. It's quite embarrassing actually. Thank you again, very very much. :)
Anonymous
Anonymous commented
Very impressive answer, I look forward to hearing more from you.
suman kumar Profile
suman kumar answered
Just they should be eliminated from this site, pick them up whenever they use foul language, just dump them out of this site, remove their information (like blocking them from the site)
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Get rid of the point system. What is it good for anyway?
Personally, I almost never give out points.
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d ds
d ds commented
Removing point system will discourage those who took much time to answer.
Anonymous
Anonymous commented
Points are just so impersonal, so arbitrary, so dismissive. A short message conveys more precise reaction. We can leave the points to kids who enjoy collecting them to show off to other kids.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
They should be kicked out of Blurtit and be blacklisted also at other FAQ websites.

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