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Approximate Response Time at the "Ranch"

Derek Grey
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hey guys,
Recently one of my friends had a problem with his code and so I suggested that he post it on Java Ranch (which also happens to be my favorite site ).
Then he asked me "How long does it usually takes to get an answer back?" and "Does someone answer at all?"
I could answer the IInd question telling him about how great people on this site are and about the "bartenders" etc...but the first question got me thinking...do we have any such statistic???
Thanks
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Marilyn de Queiroz
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It depends.

It depends on the time of day, which day of the week, how difficult/easy the question is, how much code is involved ...

Most questions get answered sooner or later, some sooner, some later.


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Usually if a question isn't answered it's because the question was asked in such a way that no one could figure out what was being asked.


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Paul Stevens
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And often the person asking the question finds the answer before anyone else even reads the post.
Cindy Glass
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Expecting an answer sooner than 24 hours is sort of unrealistic - but it does happen.


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I'm trying to think of a witty response where it's something like "how quickly does your friend answer other people's questions", but I'm not coming up with much.
Anyhoo --- I know that a lot of the questions I ask have an answer in a couple of hours. Sometimes they never get answered.


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Derek Grey
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Usually if a question isn't answered it's because the question was asked in such a way that no one could figure out what was being asked.
And often the person asking the question finds the answer before anyone else even reads the post.
Expecting an answer sooner than 24 hours is sort of unrealistic - but it does happen.

Thanks for all your inputs. This site is filled with so many enthusiastic people that I was wondering if anyone had worked on some statistics concerning response time.
Thomas Paul
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Originally posted by San Tiruvan:

Thanks for all your inputs. This site is filled with so many enthusiastic people that I was wondering if anyone had worked on some statistics concerning response time.

Wrong answers within 30 minutes. Right answers take longer.
Donald R. Cossitt
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Wrong answers within 30 minutes. Right answers take longer.

Which it doesn't necessarily follow that mediocre answers are average
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Ajith Kallambella
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Questions that take longer to get answered include
those which have been asked and answered numerous times before. In such a case a quick forum search will yield better results than asking the same question again. Also if the question is asked in a wrong forum, or in a way that is difficult to comprehend, it takes longer.
Tim Holloway
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... although I wouldn't hold out too much hope of seeing a quick answer when the question is a "I need a complete debugged commercial-grade production system with source code absolutely free ASAP". :roll:


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Cindy Glass
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Originally posted by Tim Holloway:
... although I wouldn't hold out too much hope of seeing a quick answer when the question is a "I need a complete debugged commercial-grade production system with source code absolutely free ASAP". :roll:

Especially if it has to meet "the Instructors" requirements .
Mark Herschberg
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My guess is marking something "urgent" probably increases the response time for the past. I try not to respond at all to posts marked "urgent."
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Ajith Kallambella
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It also depends on how you word your question. A post with a title "EJB Question" or "help me" is less likely to draw attention than the one that is more descriptive - something like "JDBC Error accessing MySQL" or "Thread contention issue".
John Smith
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Depends on how active the forum is. In Java Developer Certification forum, it takes a few hours or so, on average, to get a response.
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[ March 14, 2003: Message edited by: Eugene Kononov ]
Mark Spritzler
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Well those that are paying $5 each question, gets much faster responses.
$1 gets you a rather quick response.
Asking for money gets you no replies. Wait, so now that means I must have just ended this thread, because anyone that replies now will owe me money.
Just Kidding of course.
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Ashik Uzzaman
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Well, the response time significantly differs from forum to forum also within JavaRanch.
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