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What is the difference between "Answers" and the "Forum"? Answered

I'm really, really, sorry, but I just don't get when you would use one and not the other. Any pointers, please?

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Re-design
Re-design

Best Answer 11 years ago

I take it that answers "should" be directly answered and not vary from the topic question much. The question is usually (should be) very direct and specific. Forum is anything generally about the forum topic which will usually be more loosely based. More of a discussion rather than a go out and get it done thing. And then again maybe someone has a better answer.

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Gorfram
Gorfram

11 years ago

What they said. :)

The way I see it, a question with a direct, tangible answer (e.g., "Who's buried in Grant's tomb?") belongs in Answers; while a question with answers subject to discussion (e.g., "Who was the true author of the works of William Shakespeare?") is better in the Forums.

(1. US Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant, & his wife.)
(2. I doubt we'll ever really know, but I suspect it was indeed Bill himself. Your Opinion May Vary.)

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kevinhannan
kevinhannan

Answer 11 years ago

Thank-you, Gorfram! (I hope you are well!)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

Answers are supposed to be requests for factual or technical information, rather than stimulating discussion and banter. Importantly, Answers can also be used by non-members (all those questions asked by "Guest").

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kevinhannan
kevinhannan

Answer 11 years ago

Cheers, Kiteman!

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

Answers are short-lived. You get an answer (usually) or you don't. If someone is answering you, the thread stays alive by replying to that person and keeping it alive. Answers disappear out of "Recent" very quickly and are "never seen again". Forums can be used for exactly the same thing, but they hang about longer. If someone comments it gets bumped into a recent space. This is why people are still posting on threads that are years old. To condense: If you've got a straightforward question that you can express clearly, put it here. If you want a long-running discussion about something, or you want to share something that will say around, post a Forum topic. (Forum topic are more searchable than Answers too) L

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kevinhannan
kevinhannan

Answer 11 years ago

Thank-you, Lemonie!

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lemonie
lemonie

Answer 11 years ago

I know my answers... It's a short-lived shot, but the answer rate is generally good. If your question is understandable someone will pick it up very quickly. I think this site does a lot better than others because the few people looking at the questions know what they're talking about (usually) L

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kevinhannan
kevinhannan

Answer 11 years ago

I have to confess, the thought of going into each and every forum topic is a little off-putting for me; I'm so lazy and used to 'lastest' instead. I'll have a poke around!

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kevinhannan
kevinhannan

11 years ago

Thanks, Re-design! Your answer works for me! ;-)