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Answered 2012-03-21 21:58:24

I don't get it...

I think so.. we try to work together to give you the best possible answer possible...

Sigh... I'm not sure, maybe it takes a few weeks for someone to answer....

Depends on the question and if it was put in the right category and then, of course, if someone who knows the answer sees it...

Of course we do, silly!!! why would we ask a question if we did not want it answered...!?

A more detailed answer:

New users may not realize that, before they ask a new question, they can search for existing similar questions just by putting up to two key words into the big green Ask box at the top of any page on WikiAnswers.

If you use just one or two "key" words that makes the system do a search for questions which have those same words, some of which may already have some useful existing answers. Not realizing they can do a search, a new user may ask his or her question with more than two words in it but with very slightly different wording to an existing question. The system tries to match this to an existing question but the new user may not bother to look at the matched questions or answers, so they just go ahead and ask their new question. Also they may not put it into a good category or may just leave it as an Uncategorized question.

That is why so many similar questions are stored on the system, many of which are uncategorized and many which are still unanswered whilst at the same time there may be dozens of very similar questions stored on the system, each with a slightly different answer. Month by month new improvements are being added to the system to make the automatic placing of questions into good categories work better and also, wherever possible, to help users to see existing questions more clearly so they can more easily merge their new questions into similar existing ones.

WikiAnswers has a dedicated team of volunteer Supervisors who work hard merging as many stored but unanswered questions into existing similar questions which already have answers and placing existing uncategorized questions into good categories. But those tasks are truly enormous! Supervisors can only do as much work as they have time to donate each day. A full mentoring program is in place to help suitable applicants to become efficient Supers and we are always looking for more knowledgeable, willing and able Supervisors to join us!

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