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View Poll Results: What most often happens when you ask a question at LQ?
My question is quickly answered by really smart people. 9 50.00%
I'm told to "google it" or do more research. 1 5.56%
I figure out the answer myself before anyone has the chance to respond. 2 11.11%
My thread remains unanswered because I know more about the subject than anyone else. 2 11.11%
Some idiot tries to answer my question without actually reading it. 2 11.11%
I am so smart now that I never ask questions. 2 11.11%
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:16 AM   #1
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What most often happens when you post at LQ?

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Old 11-25-2012, 04:54 AM   #2
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I usually figure out the answer myself. If it is answered in a meaningful way, it usually happens within 24 hrs. If it isn't, then it is unlikely to ever be answered.
Old 11-25-2012, 06:07 AM   #3
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There is no option for my answer: "It depends"

If I ask a reasonable question, I generally get a reasonable answer.

If I make some smart-aleck comment, the response could be just about anything.

If I post a poll that does not make sense, it typically gets ignored.
Old 11-25-2012, 07:24 AM   #4
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I tend not to ask questions unless they are very hard. So I know it is a long shot that I might get a useful answer. I tend to get bad answers from people who didn't really understand the question. It still seems like a better idea to ask the hard questions than just to wonder.

I have also asked some stupider questions (meaning I should have figured it out myself before asking) and gotten helpful answers.
Old 11-25-2012, 07:32 AM   #5
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It has happened to me many times that I manage to solve the problem when I start to write the question and all the necessary information. In these cases I don't even have to press the "Submit" button. It seems the process of formulating the question helps you think and find a solution.
Old 11-25-2012, 08:50 AM   #6
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Dang, there should've been an "All of the above" category. Actually all but #2 would be the most accurate...
Old 11-25-2012, 10:59 AM   #7
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I haven't had to ask a question this year, and last year I answered myself a couple of times. There is one option left out: some kind soul has just tried to answer a question I asked 2 years ago! Mind you, I've done that myself once or twice.
Old 11-25-2012, 01:06 PM   #8
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In my time here I have started 10 threads that ask for help with particular technical matters. I've had 1 go unanswered, a few with a couple of responses, and some with ongoing assistance that was way beyond what I expected and which I am extremely greatful for. I can't actually put all my eggs in any one Poll choice so I wont try unless it is mutiple choice.
Old 12-07-2012, 01:37 AM   #9
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Sometimes no-one knows the answer and it stays unanswered..


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