best responses, all by the same person, really?

@wmaharper (2316)
United States
March 8, 2007 7:25am CST
I'm not complaining, just interested in why this happens. I've noticed, when I go to people's pages, and look at their best responses, that a lot of them will have best responses from the same person, like almost all of their best responses are from the same person. It makes me wonder how this happens. Are they really the best response, or are they buddies? Just curious.
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• Singapore
8 Mar 07
It could just be a coincidence. In fact, I haven't seen a page where ALL (or almost all) best responses were from the same person. Here's another reason. Sometimes, someone would send out a message saying that he has 10 unresolved discussions that have 0 responses. So someone on the friends list would answer all 10 within a few min, and since they were meant to be closed anyway, this person got all 10 of the best responses. There are many other reasons. ;P
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
9 Mar 07
(: Yes, that's very true, it could just be a coincidence. The particular person I am talking about must have a buddy system, as I checked the other profile (the one giving out the best responses) and all of their best responses were from the other person. (: And a lot of thier responses were one liners such as yes or no. Thanks for the response!
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@GardenGerty (104225)
• United States
14 Mar 07
Both of these scenarios can be true. I have participated in some cleanups of unresolved discussions, and have received a lot of best responses because of it. If you are the only response that says more than "uh-huh," or "I do not know" or "sign up as my referral", and the discussion is very old, you will get given "best response" a lot. I really prefer the "best response" when I am only one out of many.
@greengal (4286)
• United States
8 Mar 07
Hmm it happens at times. I agree with lordwarofwizard, sometimes users personal message other users on their friend list and tell them about discussions with no responses. If they are answered a best response is rewarded since they want to resolve the discussion. I personally have given out best responses to one person on more than several discussions only because they actually deserved it. I'm not sure if there are groups or buddies who do that. At least I don't, I'm fair and give every one who responds an equal chance.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
9 Mar 07
I've never heard of that, (being p.m.'d to respond to a discussion).. In this instance, it's not what has happened, but I could see how that could happen. Yes, I try to give everyone an equal chance as well. Thanks for the response.
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@greengal (4286)
• United States
14 Mar 07
Well you can PM your friends telling them about your "no responses" discussions. Since they are your friends you can let them know. Those who want will respond. If the one you saw isn't because of this then it sure must be a mutual understanding to make money. Thanks for the best response, appreciated!:)
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
9 Mar 07
Did you read the other responses? Did you think there were better ones than the one that was rated? Some folks just seem to give consistantly great responses. I sometimes feel in a quandry, because I have a friend that just give the most amazingly insightful answers that I am just compelled to give best response again and again.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
9 Mar 07
Yes I did check out the other responses. Many times when this person recieved best response it was for a simple yes or no. But I agree with you, that some people just give great answers, and you can not help but give them best response over and over again. (: Thanks for the response.
• Australia
8 Mar 07
Have you visited the discussions to see if they DESERVED the best response? I checked on one like that and there was no doubt in my mind that it was an honest evaluation. The responses certainly deserved the rating. Of course, there could be some where it is a case of a buddy system, but don't let's judge all the same way.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
9 Mar 07
Well, in this particular case I do believe it is some kind of buddy system. When I went to the profile of the one who was rewarding best responses, all of their best responses were from the other person. Also, many of their answers that won best response were simply yes and no answers. But of course, not everyone who gives multiple best responses to others, does so so arbitrarily. As I have given you many best responses, not just because I happen to like you, but because you honestly deserved them. (: Thanks for the response.
@kpbhuvana (392)
• India
8 Mar 07
i think most of them are forming a group and marking their own group mates response as best response. this happen for the other members too. i think that is the reason why you see only the same person have given him the best response.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
9 Mar 07
yes, that is possible, thanks for the response.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
14 Mar 07
Connivance is the word my friend, most of those best responses I've seen are all from the same person. And I can't help but wonder too, maybe they're common friends or that they are a referrer or a referral. I checked some of those whom are both from a particular country, every best response mark ends on that certain user(responder). It's pathetic, and it only shows how shallow a person could be. And when I see some discussions with already chosen as a best response, I check the post who was marked and when I found out that their response was nothing to be deserving, I go and check into their profiles. There I see some of their conspiring ways..