Do you think that the people with over 12% or 13% best answers are cheating?

Posted: May 27, 2010 in Uncategorized
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People, we are not talking about the Philippine elections anymore.

There will always be winners and losers in every election, get over it people!

Anyway, I am talking about the Best Answers Percentages In Yahoo Answers, and I know those percentages (of best answers to total number of answers, 12-13%) are a bit low.

But I just wanted to ask it over here. This is not my own question but rather I saw this interesting question over of all place in the YA>Sports>Boxing section. You know with Manny Pacquio, still a big name in professional boxing the world over, the boxing forum in Yahoo Answers still is a pretty interesting site for Filipino boxing fans to visit.

Anyway, the original question is, the same as the title of this post.

Do you think that the people with over 12% or 13% best answers are cheating?

I have been consistently in the low 20s, normally within 21-23% myself, but that does not mean that I cheat.

You see if I do cheat or if I do really want to cheat, I could easily reverse that and make 77 to 79% of my answers as Best Answers. Easy, and it’s not really rocket science. But the question would be why?

Here was my response to that question: What’s yours?

It depends on the category, and partly in the way you select the questions that you answer.

But if you only answer in one category, which I suppose is the one where in you have the most knowledge in, then even 20-25% is reasonable, especially if you choose your questions well and answer only the ones which are really questions and not those where the asker is not really interested in the answers.

If you give out fairly decent answers consistently then 1 BA out of every 5 questions, is not hard to achieve.

But you have a point, it does tend to be suspicious the higher the percentages go, much like some people believe that Pacquiao must be on something, because he looks like he is on something.

Maybe we can tell YA to give all of us random IQ tests.

Yes like how Mayweather wanted Pacquiao to first take blood tests because they suspect him of being on performance enhancing drugs. Just agree you guys and let’s fight!

  1. Ahem. I have 41%. But it went up that much because I am on YAP nearly 24/7 and I vote for my answer as BA when I think my answer is best. I have voted for others when I find other answers to be BA worthy.

    Especially these days, it is easy to get a high percentage. Very few answerers. And some askers do not choose the BA, but leave it to voting.

    • yappers says:

      Precisely my point. Thanks for commenting BoyP.

      And most times I am at the boxing category because there aren’t any questions in the Travel Philipines section.

      I know, if I have the time, I vote for my answers too, but in a few very rare occasions, reluctantly I do vote for somebody else’s answer, especially if hands down it is the best answer. And whenever I do that, I tend to not vote for awhile, even if I have time to check up on my answers.

      But no one have ever said that, this is cheating, well at least not yet.
      YA should start blocking that option though, it’s not a good feeling to vote for someone else’s answer if you know that you can vote for yours.

  2. Phoenix:Devil's Advocate says:

    To vote for your answer as BA is not cheating-it simply means getting ahead of the game. ☺☺

    Nothing in the yahoo community guidelines states that it prohibits to vote for your own answer as best.

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