stop talking to yourself - how to encourage more replies
Asking a question, and getting crickets in return, is never what one wants in the Community.
While we can't provide your peers more time in the day to reply, we do have some suggestions to boost responses to your question...
- Make it obvious what you want
Don't make people
think too hard, or too long, to answer your request. Tell them what
you need help with right in the subject line.
- Keep it short
An oldie, but a goodie - keep it
short and simple. Asking peers to write a dissertation, or fill in
several bullet points of data, can relegate your question to the "I'll get back to this later" pile, which - let's be honest - the reader often never gets back to.
- Add a Profile photo
Research show that questions
with a photo get more responses than one without. I guess people
prefer to talk to a real person versus a gray avatar head.
- Avoid repetition
Long time users will notice the
same questions often get asked over and over (Dress code, anyone?). If
you have a topic that is broad, it can be best to do a Search first.
Find threads where that has already been discussed and see if it meets
your needs. If not, then you can ask a more detailed, specific follow
up question rather than open the same can of worms again.
- Answer posts!
As your Mother taught you - Do
Unto Others. Take the time to help your peers when they need your
expertise, and hopefully they will do the same for you!