Submit a question to our community and get an answer from real people.
Submit

Why do people answer questions on Ask.com?

I'm not asking in a snarky or ironic way -- I'm genuinely curious about what motivates you to answer questions here, especially given that Ask.com doesn't use points, badges, rankings, or other systems for rewarding or recognizing your contributions.

Report as

Lots of reasons, Wade -- and just possibly as many different reasons as there are different members.

Yes, it's good to be able to help, and sometimes you get the chance actually to do that. Sometimes I help most by keeping my mouth shut and my fingers off the keyboard.

Ask will also pay 25c per answer to the Komen Foundation for cancer research. So you can help there.

I enjoy writing, so many of my answers push that 1200 character limit. I'm not sure how many people actually read the stuff, but I have fun writing it.

Then, I like to be creative so I often pull a question out of context and answer it from a different point of view -- like today's question about the Richter scale.

But mostly it's for the brilliance of the comments threads. A lot of us are pretty average but some of the people on this site are brilliant, and I enjoy their input. There's a great deal of interaction and a lot of humour in the comments threads and I've had the pleasure of exchanging ideas with some of our people on Facebook.

I see you're not following anybody yet. Pick out a few people whose answers you like and add them to your list. It's the quickest way into the site's entertainment.

Helpful (8) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (5)
Report as
I'm in the wrong lane. My comment to you became an answer.
Report as
I noticed that. It always annoys me when I do the same thing.
Report as
sliceoflife
Me too. Good answer Professor
Report as
Hi dozy, your answers, teach me..and others,
Report as
Thanks ladies, but I'm just an old bull-duster. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it's just for fun.
Report as
Add a comment...

i guess we're just curious to see what other people are thinking and i personally like to help people:)

Helpful (4) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

They want to be helpful, that's all.

Helpful (2) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

It's fun! and i like to give people accurate information that will actually help them. It makes me feel like I am making a tiny positive difference in that persons life.

Helpful (6) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...
666_Maggots

to have a purpose in life...

Helpful (5) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (5)
Report as
Mr_FadedGlory
Cool man. You really do help here.
Report as
666_Maggots
Well I would if ask didn't remove half of my stuff....
Report as
Mr_FadedGlory
Thats real
Report as
It's pretty sorry then if my purpose in life is to answer questions on the Internet. Ima k*ll myself now. (I had to use the asterisk in that word or the mods would remove it)
Report as
666_Maggots
I think that the mods trust you....lucky duck :P....
Report as
Add a comment...

I guess some of us still enjoy trying to help even if we don't get gold stars.

Helpful (7) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (6)
Report as
But there are t-shirts.
Report as
Hey! Where the heck is mine then?! Oh wait... I'm here to help people... I'm here to help people...
Report as
Yay! I got my t-shirt email this morning.
Report as
you get t-shirts?!
Report as
Yeah, I got my tee shirt email, too.
Report as
Where's my t-shirt? Screw the gold stars and helping people!
Report as
Add a comment...

I like to answer questions to help people.... Especially if I have personal experience

Helpful (2) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

because the reason for me is im bored and i like to share my thoughts and might learn somthing or idk

Helpful (2) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

Because we have no life

Helpful (4) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (4)
Report as
I would tend to agree with this!
Report as
Mr_FadedGlory
Sad but true. :0/
Report as
666_Maggots
I have a life...I just spend 95% of it staring at screens...
Report as
btaylor2010, your right,...:)Maggs
Report as
Add a comment...

Those of us with the pink star under our profile picture answer questions to help the Susan G. Koman for the cure. Ask donates 25 cents to breast cancer research for each question we answer.

Helpful (4) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

People opinions!!!

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

Cause we like helping people:)

Helpful (1) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

To be helpful. Or just to have fun and mess with people. Why are you on Ask.com?

Helpful (1) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (1)
Report as
Damn good question pal!
Report as
Add a comment...

because we can help...

Helpful (1) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (2)
Report as
Mr_FadedGlory
Yes you can. ;0)
Report as
haha!!! :) im good at helpin with things...what can i say!?
Report as
Add a comment...

Because we want to<3<3

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (2)
Report as
What does <3<3 mean?
Report as
it a heart <3 but its sideways!! :)
Report as
Add a comment...

I don't really know why but it's kind of addicting. I guess it's a fun thing to do if you have a little bit of down time

Helpful (1) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

Man's natural God Given, curiousness...

Helpful (1) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

I like to help people out, unless they are trying to get an answer for their homework. By my answers, i donate 25 cents each answer to the Susan G Komen Cure(helping find the cure of breast cancer)

Helpful (3) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...
Mr_FadedGlory

It's therapeutic to help people, make friends, and make people laugh.

Helpful (6) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (5)
Report as
Bud
Report as
Mr_FadedGlory
And I answered that from my couch. Ya know, where I live and play video games.
Report as
yes!! soo true i agree!!! u make me laugh soo hard i love it!!
Report as
yepp, :)
Report as
sliceoflife
That is true
Report as
Add a comment...

Hi WadeRoush,

Welcome to Ask! I came late last December, and was intrigued by this amazing, interactive software that is so immediately responsive...you can post your question, and within minutes or hours responses come in from all over the world.

It is a wonderful sense of very high-quality social connection with people everywhere, and you never need to leave home. The questions, answers, and discussions really help you develop your power of reason and insight.

Also, there have been times when this website has very possibly saved a life...someone comes on in deep despair, asking for suggestions, opinions or resources...and a dozen people respond in support...

There have been (and still are) problems, mostly as the software continues to be refined, but those of us who hang in there have definitely felt it is worth it.

So hope you stay a long time...

Helpful (7) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (3)
Report as
Great answer, Virginia. You are a hard act to follow!
Report as
sliceoflife
It is a green answer
Report as
Thank you SofL and Joanie! Glad to be here on Ask with folks like you.
Report as
Add a comment...

For me, it addicting! If I don't stop, I'll have to start an AA group! Get it? : D

Helpful (3) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (3)
Report as
hahahaha!!! when u do lemme kno lol!
Report as
Oh I think I finally get it...Ask Anonymous Twelve-step? Hi JCC!
Report as
Yep, ya got it! Don't worry darlin, not even Jebi is that swift with some of these responses!
Report as
Add a comment...

Please, keep your mouth open and those fingers on the keyboard, Dozy.

Helpful (5) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (3)
Report as
Thanks, Joanie -- but there are sometimes it's better for me to shut up.
Report as
I agree Joanie!
Report as
Virginia and I are right, so there ...
Report as
Add a comment...
barbarabliss

Many times I have a real question that I need an answer or opinion on. I actuallly have participated on Ask. com for years + (as long as they've been online I think, even though my profile shows only Oct. 2011.) I love the fun and camaraderie I've experienced with the good-humored give and take with like minds. Truthfully, I don't even mind opposite views, that's part of the give and take. But, I do mind disrespect. Possibly I'm from the wrong generation, having come over here on the Mayflower. :-) The recent question I asked the moderators about what I thought should not have appeared on Ask.com caused quite a ruckus. I am sorry about that. I quite innocently found those questions on the rt. side of the screen while checking on questions I thought I could answer. I wish the moderators would have just removed it. I don't understand what their purpose was to keep it going; but I'm heading into seven decades, still got a lot to learn.

Helpful (3) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

Because of they have no other why to find outer question

Helpful (1) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (2)
Report as
gerrett500, yes they are seeking the truth,
Report as
Thumbs up for you, M.garrett500
Report as
Add a comment...

because its an answer website


Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...
Do you have an answer?
Answer this question...
Did you mean?
Login or Join the Community to answer
Popular Searches