ANSWERS: 42
  • Are you asking this question to get points? Just wondering. Anyways, well there could be a lot of reasons: 1. Because some people don't care about the rating business and just care to give feedback. 2. Because maybe if the question took that much time to answer, the answerer could be to tired to rate the question or something. 3. Some people forget or don't even acknowledge it. 4. Maybe they don't like the questiong, but are still answering... A lot of different reasons. Some could be more unexpected. Like for example if right after I answered the question, and I'm just about to rate the question, the dog bites me (I don't have a dog). ANd I'm injured for life. I don't know. And I gave you 3 points, if that was your motive. o_O
  • Honestly, I'm just not in the habit of rating questions. If I thought it was worth answering, then I answer it. I really don't think I've rated more than a handful of questions in all the time that this rating system has been in place. I'm just a leftover from the original AB, where questions didn't get rated. I'm much more in the habit of rating answers.
  • Some people believe that ratings are a popularity contest - they refuse to buy into them and therefore choose to not rate questions or answers. Others perhaps don't have the time - I know, it sounds ridiculous right? They take the time to write an answer but not to rate the original question - go figure. I guess there would also be those who feel that as they've provided an answer, that's symbolic of their approval of the question being asked and that they need do no more. Also there are some who like explaining the rating they've given and as the question doesn't have a rating comment section, they don't rate up or down. (and yeah, I do understand that they could always use the answer section to put their rating explanation in). And well, there are some to whom it doesn't honestly occur.
  • I was wondering that myself actually. The bag has two sides, questions and answers. I have seen that it is very common for baggers to give a good answer to a great question, then leave without rating a great question up!
  • I think many times we just forget to do so.
  • Generally I only rate up questions that make me think "THAT'S something I always wondered!" or "I never even thought about that but now you mention it, it is a damn good question"... in the case of opinion-based questions the thought process is more "now THAT should lead to some interesting answers and comments!". Most questions aren't very good, so I don't rate them up, I just answer them if I know the answer or have something that I consider worth adding. I am a lot more generous in my methods when I come to rating answers however, I'm not a scrooge with my points!
  • It does seem a pretty thankless task asking questions on occasions . I have commented apon this before. If people do not start rating questions nobody will ask them and then we will just get the same old stuff recycled all the time
  • One possible explanation - rating questions has been possible only since Nov. 15, 2006. Anyone who's been a Bagger for a couple of years might have a tough time remembering to rate, especially if he or she only logs on a few times a week. I pretty much do it all the time now, but for the first month into Answerbag 4.0, I simply didn't think about it. Great question, BTW. Thumbs up!
  • I rate the quality of the question. I will rate a question I answer if I think it is of high quality, however I will still answer questions that don't deserve a rating, and therefore don't get one. I am also more likely to rate a question I want to know the answer to.
  • Because ratings are just a popularity contest. Some of the most insightful answers and questions get no ratings at all while those posted by certain people get high ratings as a quid pro quo (something for something) thing. Can't say I pay any attention at all to a persons level. Just the quality of their answer and whether they appear to be well informed and are trying to pass on their insight or are just beating one drum or another on their personal agenda. I don't usually rate unless I leave a comment.
  • If I answer a question, I usually forget to rate it. Sometimes I remember and go back in and rate it later.
  • I always rate questions and answers I participate in, and I always give a positive rating.
  • I rate even if I don't answer and I see someone else has said what I would've written - I also see you haven't checked in on this question that you asked
  • Personally, I am neutral to most questions.
  • I try to rate all the questions I answer. Sometimes I am just curious what the answers to a question might be and while I'm reading the answers I end up answering the question anyway and I forget to rate the question. Mostly, I like to let people know what I think.
  • I would answer it to help the person asking. Rating it just lets him/her know that its a good question i wish i put it sort of rating. I answer to help not to rate - i only rate questions if they make me think
  • I would answer it to help the person asking. Rating it just lets him/her know that its a good question i wish i put it sort of rating. I answer to help not to rate - i only rate questions if they make me think
  • I don'i and i know this is a lame answer but i just uprate almost every question i answer
  • I do my best to remember to rate the question even if I'm just "browsing" and forget to leave a comment.
  • I always rate a question I answer as well as some who have already responded to the question ahead of me.
  • I only rate an answer if I think it is an interesting question! I think I have only down rate an answer once-it was just perverse!
  • i still don't know the ratings systems work.or who has the power to give ratings.
  • I like to know what people think of the question, rating it is a good way of finding that out. To answer a question and not rate it because you don't believe in the rating system is rather selfish. Even if you don't have an answer for the question you can still rate it out of helpfulness as it will help people to maybe ask more pertinent questions. If you saw a question that had loads of answers but a low or minus rating would this stop you from asking a similar question because people may think it is not valid?
  • Unless its a really good or bad question (or answer) then I don't normally rate them. The problem is that if everybody rates an average question as positive then the question would get 20 points or whatever, but then somebody would ask a really incredible question and everybody would rate it and it would still get 20 points! That means that people would not know how really good some of their questions are.
  • Because, honestly, I am ditsy and forget.
  • I was thinking the same thing.
  • I always make it a point to rate a question. However, there have been many times when I have asked a question and received several answers and didn't get a rating at all.
  • I'm new and didn't realize I had to rate the orginal question, until I found this question. Now I know....
  • As that is the nice, true, justifiable way to rate an answer, so keep it short but sweet.
  • because i`m a begginer & i honestly didnt know & dont know how to rate peoples questions, but please can anyone explain to me.
  • Very Good Point. No Clue
  • The idea is that you have the time you should be useful to somebody else.
  • There are some questions that I have a differing view on, but do not consider the question either good or bad. I answer to put forth my views, and do not rate, as I do not see that it is worthy of points, nor deserves points removed.
  • didn't know I was supposed to
  • We're human, we're forgetful, we're on to the next question, I think. I'm MORE likely to rate both a Q and an A if something about it makes me slow down and think - either a new slant on something familiar, a nice piece of wit - something like that.
  • If I see that a question has already more than about 20-30 points, I do not rate it before my answer got rated. But afterwards, yes. I rate questions which I happen to read if they got few points or negative points and I think it was not justified. Even if I do not answer them. Until now, I never gave negative ratings (but I became some).
  • I always wonder about that too. Sometimes I forget to rate it, but I always go back and do the rating later.
  • I'm guilty of this. I admit to my flaws. Honestly, once I've done answering it, I've totally forgotten to rate it, since it just goes to that bland 'middle' page. If I get commented, or rated, though, I'll note that I didn't rate the question, and I'll rate it then. It sounds so selfish when I'm reading it now, but I just don't think about it unless I go back to my answer. Also, I positively rate anyone who gives a decent answer to my questions. I don't care whether or not I agree with them, since usually my questions are opinion questions, but if it seems well-thought out and they've answered all parts of the question, then I give them a positive rating. And later, I'll notice that my question has been rated when it wasn't before. So, I don't think that I'm the only person who does the whole "rate me, then I'll rate you" thing. But, that's just my own personal opinion. I have no facts.
  • I wouldn't. If something got my attention enough to think and answer it, then I think it deserves points to so THANK YOU!!! to the person asking it. I thin it's only common courtesy and just normal kindness. It's like smiling at the person across from you so they know you heard them when face to face. I appreciate them and hope they ask another one. Maybe the points are also an incentive so they WILL ask again.
  • some people rate other question and dont have enough points to rate everyone but you can gane pionts on answers.
  • I wish AB would show you whether or not you'd already answered a question...anyway...its answerbag not ratingbag, some people just like answering questions, and that's fine.
  • Well, untill recently when I wanted to rate it wouldn't let me do so.

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