This is kind of a poll question, but I think its important.

Are the answers that were written in your question what you expected to get from a lifehackers community?

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    I think this is important some answers were really weak. IDK about the downvote 1+
    – Pobrecita
    Dec 11 '14 at 16:33
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    What do you expect to accomplish with this question? You should know how askers feel based on their responses - accepting an answer and comments Dec 11 '14 at 16:47
  • @ZachSaucier I see that there are many questions who do not have answers accepted and at least for my question I know I did not receive the answers I was expecting. So now I want to figure out if this impression is for me alone (thats fine, than this is just not my community) or if there are others getting the same impression (then I could figure out what kind of answers were expected.) Dec 11 '14 at 17:33

Well, I self answered this:

How do I remove dust from fabric lampshades?

And I think it was a great lifehack. But both (q and a) got downvoted.

And my answer here:

How can I clean a vase that I can't reach inside?

Promotes a tool designed specifically for the purpose, and it got upvoted. Either I or the other voters are somewhat confused.

But most of the questions I asked got a number of answers, at least one of which is a legit answer I'm liable to try on each of them. I only accept answers that I seriously take as good advice.

  • Well, the complaint that it isn't sporting to answer your own question is a pretty good indication of what users care about here. Dec 11 '14 at 18:13
  • And what is it that you object to, @J.Musser?
    – user100
    Dec 12 '14 at 0:40
  • @KevinJohnsrude See Matt's comment, above. :)
    – J. Musser
    Dec 12 '14 at 1:02
  • @J.Musser, I think you may be taking things a little too personally. We all have an interest in seeing this site succeed and I'm doing my part.
    – user100
    Dec 12 '14 at 1:29
  • @KevinJohnsrude huh? What does that have to do with it?
    – J. Musser
    Dec 12 '14 at 1:33

Honestly, I wasn't sure what types of answers I expected to get and I feel like that was a problem when asking my questions. A lot of the answers made me think more closely about how I would need to word future questions to avoid people posting the common sense answers (for example, on the barbecue ribs question I got a lot of "eat differently" type answers). I did in the end get an answer that was something I would not have thought of on my own and I am looking forward to trying it.

I feel like as the questioner, I need to be very specific about what answers I have thought of but are not satisfactory to me. I need to make sure the common sense answers are out of scope because I have already listed them as unsatisfactory to me in the question.

  • This is true. Also, some hack answers have been somewhat contrived, even less useful than a common sense method.
    – J. Musser
    Dec 12 '14 at 1:12

Not always. I have gotten some answers that are a variant of "There is no answer to your question." Such answers do not add anything and are--so far--wrong, even though they get upvoted. For example, see How can I improvise sunglasses?

If there truly is no answer to a question, then the lack of answers will indicate that there is no answer. Yet.

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    Just a note: One of the statistics that shows whether or not a beta is healthy is the answer rate. If we have lots of unanswered questions it won't look good for us. Dec 12 '14 at 1:22
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    Also, one way to get better answers is to show more effort and thought in your question itself. It seems that you have some questions that have been downvoted and closed; perhaps you could go through and improve your questions a bit? Dec 12 '14 at 1:25
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    @ZachSaucier Don't look at the stats too intently, the SE team will decide whether or not this site is good enough. Not the stats. Dec 12 '14 at 9:54

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