Hi,

I am a postgraduate majoring in applied linguistics in Taiwan.

Recently, I am doing a research project for a class called foreign language technological teaching .

and I am curious how participants in writing forum answer other people's questions.

Because I find out there are some questions which get no reply.

My research questions are as follows:

1. How and for what reasons do you in this forum choose questions to answer?

What kinds of questions do you tend to reply to here? (for example, well-structured questions with no grammar mistakes and so on)

2.How do you interpret people's questions before answering? That is, how do you answer or how do you know your answer is helpful for people who ask?

3.How do you ask questions to get replies from other and trigger many discussions in this forum?

I would be full of gratitude if people who often visit this forum express your views and thoughts about my reserach questions.

I am in extreme need of your help!!!

Thank you!!
Here are my basic answers.

1. How and for what reasons do you in this forum choose questions to answer?
What kinds of questions do you tend to reply to here? (for example, well-structured questions with no grammar mistakes and so on).
First, I generally browse the unanswered stack of questions. Next, I look for short problems, because my time is limited. Occasionally I will help draft a letter or review a few paragraph of text if the need seems urgent, if I have the time, and if it is not so flawed that it will take forever to itemize the corrections. Finally, I look for grammatical problems that I can clearly answer. I am an educated person with a variety of writing experience, but I am not claiming to be a grammar teacher. I leave the technical questions to others. (I also avoid incoherent questions that I would have to guess at the problem as well as the answer.)

2.How do you interpret people's questions before answering? That is, how do you answer or how do you know your answer is helpful for people who ask?
First, I try to weed out the questions that are unclear. If I think I understand the problem, I may offer them optional answers (depending on what it seems that they want to say). Finally, I tell them to write me if my answer is lacking and I will try to clarify it.

3.How do you ask questions to get replies from other and trigger many discussions in this forum?
I don't bother about triggering discussions. I answer what questions I can and let it go at that. (Unless an added comment seems to demand a reply from me.)
Thanks, doctor D

Jane