A good answer has to answer the posed question. It has to be genuinely helpful, not only to the person asking the question, but to the rest of the community as well. That’s what sustainable knowledge transfer is all about.
In short, your answer should be well written, interesting, authentic, and most importantly correct.
In long, good answers:
Must get the point. Be sure you understand the question. Analyze it and know what’s the crucial information your answer should have. Good structure is an imperative for a sharp-cut answer. This way you won’t lose track of what’s relevant and flow into digression.
Are detailed and well cited. If you are using a lot of facts and third party content, make sure you give contribution to its original authors.
Use the first paragraph to capture readers’ attention and influence them to take action upon your answer. Don’t “beat around the bush”, but work to keep your readers attention. Use your first paragraph to draw in your readers and keep their interest with every new paragraph introducing its own “attention trigger”
Have their own style. Of course everything you read will impact you and find a way to show in your writing. But dare to express yourself in your own words. Finding a style that’s you isn’t easy, but luckily you can practice on MUNPlanet.
Are grammatically accurate. Proper English is a must here on MUNPlanet. Poor grammar is distracting and can drive your audience away.
Provide added value. This means that you need to give a deeper insight into the topic at hand and in this case, keeping your answers short is not the right way of doing things. A one-sentence-answer is hardly going to help anyone. Your answers should be elaborated, complete and meaningful.
Are visually attractive. Plain text answers do not attract as much attention as the ones that feature photos, videos, presentations, attractive infographics, etc. Your reply might appear looking empty in the news feed if you don’t add some visual elements. This also means that you should pay attention for dividing your text into paragraphs if needed, using bulletins, bold letters and in general keeping your text neat and clear.
Provide links for further readings and interesting people. You can always link interesting posts to your answer. These can provide deeper insight into the topic you’re dealing with in your answer. You can also tag people, if they are relevant to your answer, or if they can provide further clarifications in some areas.
- And finally, are read before they’re published. This is the simplest yet most helpful way to keep your language in check and allow yourself a deeper comprehension of your topic. If you happen to have already published your answer and later on realise that it could be improved, this can be done. Via edit button feel free to revisit your answer and change it if you have a new perspective on it.