How to Give a Great Answer

There are a bunch of great questions on Answers. Let’s go over how to find them, how to Answer them—and, of course, how to do it well.

First, finding questions.

This one’s easy, since they’re pretty much everywhere, but some great places to start are on the home page, via the search bar, and via topics.

Our home page features content that’s trending within the Answers community, and our search bar will take you to the specific question you’re begging to answer. Those are pretty self explanatory—just scroll through the home page or type a question you’d like to answer into the search bar.

Topics are where you can really flex your expertise. Odds are, we have a topic for what you’re interested in, but if not, contact us and let us know what we can add.

To find topics on your desktop, direct your attention to the left side of the site—next to all those juicy questions and answers you know and love. There, you’ll see some popular topics as well as an “All Topics” option (as well as a really fun “Random” button). If you click “All Topics”, you’ll be able to scroll through every topic we have to offer.

On your mobile device, you can find topics by tapping the three bars in the top right. You’ll see popular topics as well as an option to go to the “All Topics” page.

Select a topic and go digging for a question you can help with!

Great, you found an interesting question—now, you want to give your fellow Answers community member a great answer.

To get going, click on the question. Check below the question for any important context the asker included.

Think about it. Research it. Think some more.

From there, select the big orange “Answer” button and get to composing your answer. 

What makes a good answer?

  1. Try to go beyond just a “yes,” a “no,” or another one-word answer. Engage with the asker. Address all elements of their question in clear, complete sentences. Even if they didn’t ask why, give them the why if you have it!
  2. Explain why the asker should trust your answer. If you’re answering a question about Dungeons and Dragons, maybe let them know how long you’ve been playing; if you’re answering a question that pertains to your college degree, that’s important information!
  3. That said, be confident in your knowledge, but don’t overstate it—acknowledge what you don’t know, and maybe another answerer will come fill in the blanks.
  4. Be respectful. Let’s encourage curiosity, shall we? We want to foster an inviting, accepting community—here are our Community Guidelines, if you haven’t read them.

When you’re done, click submit!