Which do you prefer in discussions: short answers or long answers?

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Which do you prefer in discussions: short answers or long answers?

spiced spiced
In online discussions, which do you like?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Short answer
18  (50%)
I prefer a longer answer, where the commenter takes the time to explain their opinion and help me to understand the reasoning behind it. With a long answer, I'm better able to understand whether their answer truly applies to me, or whether they're very different from me so that their answer might apply to some, but not to me.
10  (28%)
Other (please explain, in as long or short an answer as you like)
8  (22%)
Total votes: 36
Poll is closed
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Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
In online discussions, which do you like?
Depends sometimes answers can be short and to the point, while others times I see the need to explain why I responded the way I did
01/27/2013
himynameissteph himynameissteph
Short answer.
01/27/2013
GirlOnGirl GirlOnGirl
Short answers are better.
01/27/2013
Cowgirl-Cutie Cowgirl-Cutie
It really depends on the type of question. Does the question have a simple answer or do you need to explain? Things like that.
01/27/2013
Allstars316 Allstars316
Short answer
01/27/2013
mlmac mlmac
I prefer short answers. If the answer is too long, I may not read it. But I guess it all depends on the topic of the discussion.
01/27/2013
Rossie Rossie
Depends on the question.
01/27/2013
Rory Rory
Short answer!
01/27/2013
Rory Rory
I really don't like long answers but occasionally I tend to get a little wordy. I don't like going on and on and on! Sometime you just have to give the long answer. Sometimes the question requires a long answer or even a very long answer. You may even read the very long answer and when your done you may not even know what they were trying to say. Then there are times when the answer actually makes sense and you didn't read it because it was so long!! Ok I think I've said to much!!!!!
01/27/2013
Andrey2052 Andrey2052
Short answer
01/27/2013
Hummingbird Hummingbird
Long answer. The posters thoughts and opinions are important to me. Why they think and commenting as such. I like to read supporting information as to why people respond the way they do. It speaks to credibility.
01/27/2013
SecretKinksters SecretKinksters
Short and sweet is best.
01/27/2013
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
It depends on the topic. Sometimes shorter is better, sometimes a longer response is necessary.
01/27/2013
married with children married with children
either one.
01/27/2013
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
I could go either way depending on the topic.
01/27/2013
js250 js250
It depends on the topic. I tend to give very short answers and even shorter messages/emails. I am not that patient with myself in getting out what needs to be said so I do it while I think about it--or it never gets done!!!
01/27/2013
Kiss Kiss
Short!
01/27/2013
ginnyluvspotter ginnyluvspotter
Short
01/27/2013
Bethy Cassatt Bethy Cassatt
I like being to the point sometimes, but right now, NOOPPPPPEEEEEEE, hahahahaha.
01/27/2013
kitty1949 kitty1949
Other - it all depends on what the topic is. If it's a topic pertaining to someone looking for advice, longer answers tend to be more helpful.
01/27/2013
KinkyNicki92 KinkyNicki92
I think i prefer longer answers because when people vote in my discussions and they just post what they voted for it doesnt satisfy me. I want to know their reason behind it.
01/28/2013
Leather & Lace Leather & Lace
Longer answers..
01/28/2013
spiced spiced
Here's my opinion: "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

I usually prefer an answer that's a little too long over one that's way too short. One of my pet peeves in online discussions, on EF and elsewhere, is when a question asks commenters to explain the WHY behind their decision--and it's followed by lots of one or two word answers. Why bother posting a response at all?

On the other hand, nobody likes an overly-long rambling response. I try to stick to three paragraphs or less to avoid the dreaded TL;DR syndrome.
01/28/2013
richsam richsam
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
In online discussions, which do you like?
short there has been times where i needed more to undestand
01/28/2013
LavenderSkies LavenderSkies
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
In online discussions, which do you like?
I think it depends on the discussion.
01/28/2013
K101 K101
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
In online discussions, which do you like?
I actually didn't know it mattered to anyone. I'm just happy to get an answer period, and the more detailed, the better usually. So really, I guess I have no preference.
01/28/2013
Errant Venture Errant Venture
Long.
01/28/2013
falalena falalena
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
In online discussions, which do you like?
it depends on what you feel is necessary. sometimes one word is all you need, sometimes a description would be better.
01/28/2013
Total posts: 29
Unique posters: 27