When Reading Responses FIRST Is A Good Thing

United States
February 9, 2010 12:02pm CST
The question about whether one reads all the responses before submitting their own response has been asked before, and it seems a greater percentage do not. They either don't have time to wade through them all or they just jump in with their own opinion. I can understand similar responses if one is talking from their own experiences or their individual points of view, but what seems redundant is if someone posts a black & white question and another responds with the answer or information and even backs it up with documentation (3rd party links, references, etc.) and subsequent responses will say something like "Yes, I would like to learn about this, too" or "I would also like more information on this". And usually, the answer is posted right above their heads! My question (purely subjective) is if you see a post seeking a simple answer or information and you want to know the same thing, do you read the responses first to see if said info has already been provided?
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@HansonFan (1659)
• United States
9 Feb 10
When it is a question that is a fact - yes. I look to see if it has been answered by someone else. If I can add information I will post it, but if the required info has already been posted I move on to another discussion. Topics like this, where it is an opinion or an answer that varies from person to person I just answer my way without reading others unless they have comments that show their answer is interesting or different. Good discussion, by the way.
• United States
9 Feb 10
Hi HansonFan. I agree, if you have more info to add, than absolutely, it is beneficial to everyone who wants to know the answer. But I noticed that not everyone who does want to know the answer to the same question checks first to see if it's been answered, before they respond by saying they want to learn more too. Huh?! The answer is sometimes right there before their eyes. I see questions posted that I am curious about too, so I naturally scroll through the responses to find out the answer. I don't ever post a 'I need to know too' response. I would if I needed clarification on something, but not before I read all the answers.