Are drive-by questioners good, bad, or indifferent? I've noticed a recent increase (I'm going to avoid specific links since this is more about policy than specific examples) of people who ONLY ask questions and don't otherwise contribute to MeFi or AskMe. Is this a problem or not?
posted by JMOZ to Etiquette/Policy at 5:47 AM (124 comments total)
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Some people have asked MANY questions and never contributed to any other part of the site, while others seem to sign up for a single question. On the one hand, they're paying their $5, which helps keep the lights on. On the other hand, I question whether they're good for a sense of community. People do enjoy answering questions, so maybe this isn't a problem at all, but I've personally always thought AskMe works so well because of a real sense of community (and because of excellent moderation as needed), and that community comes from a give-and-take.
If drive-by questions are deemed to be a problem, I would humbly propose adding something to the signup about expecting members to contribute more than just questions to the community and seeing if this is sufficient to resolve things. (A second line of response might be the require some answers before people post a question (a la The Blue), but this does risk creating crap comments.
Of course, I might be part of a small minority in finding this usage of AskMe distasteful, in which case, I'm happy to acquiesce to the greater will of the community.