Fifteen Questions Answered from Yahoo! Answers
Question 1. How can I keep my hedgehog warm?
Self-evaluation: This question didn’t cause much difficulty because my group presentation was on the topic of hedgehogs. I purposely sought out questions about hedgehogs because the information was still fresh in my mind. The sources I gave were similar to the ones I used to research for the presentation. There was a bit of conflicting information in the sources. Two gave the same range in temperature that I did, but the other believed maintaining the temperature at 74 degrees was best. To be totally transparent with the person who asked the question, I should have mentioned this discrepancy in my answer.
Question 2. Would Senegalese Twists look good on me?
Self-evaluation: Without seeing this person, I wasn’t 100% sure that Senegalese Twists would look good on her. For example, if she incorrectly identified her hair as 4a, and in actuality she had a looser curl, there was the possibility that the twists wouldn’t be a great decision for her to get. Also, the question is a matter of personal taste. Some people might not like two different colors for that particular hairstyle, while others could love it. I gave her a response as best I could, given the information. I also attempted to take my bias out of my answer because I would have advised her differently had she been a friend of mine.
Question 3. What poetry devices are in these poems?
Self-evaluation: I didn’t answer this person’s question directly, but I gave him the resources to be able to get to the answer. It was clearly a homework question, which is where my indirect answer stems from.
4. Are there any good products for curly hair?
Self-evaluation: My analysis of “good” may differ from this person’s point of view, but I answered them honestly. In this question, “good” means a quality/natural product that works great for my hair type. However everyone’s hair is different and this person may find that a product that works great for me, may not be right for her. The Naturally Curly website can give her a lot of different opinions, so she doesn’t have to rely on just my opinion. She must have liked the information I gave her though because she selected it as the best answer.
5. What are some products and hairstyles for curly frizzy hair?
Self-evaluation: I wasn’t sure how to correctly answer her question because I couldn’t tell if her hair texture was like mine, or more wavy. Judging by her avatar, I assumed this person probably had hair texture more like the waterlily716 and Lorraine Massey, which is why I used both of them as a resource for this person. It would have been easier to answer this question in person. It worked in my favor that she wanted to know generalities instead of specifics and didn’t force me to make a judgement call by telling which products were the “good.”
6. Should I make a blog for my poetry?
Self-evaluation: The only person who can truly answer this question is the person that wrote it, but I believe they just wanted to hear someone be supportive of the idea to do a poetry blog, so I gave resources that would help them make a decision.
7. Can you compare and contrast Beloved versus Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl?
Self-evaluation: When I reflect on my response, I think I wasn’t objective enough in my answer (most in the second paragraph), and the best sources I could give here were behind a subscription wall. I held back a little too because I thought it was one of those questions where someone just didn’t want to do their homework.
8. What does Piggy represent in Lord of the Flies?
Self-evaluation: Okay, so I probably did this teenager’s homework for them, but I tried to limit it to the chapters they had already read. I went too deep, but I did get a very appreciative response back from the Asker.
9. What is your input on this passage in Their Eyes Were Watching God?
Self-evaluation: I probably should have skipped this question and chose another one. I hope my feelings about Mrs. Turner doesn’t bias the Asker, but I’m afraid that’s exactly what it’s going to do.
10. Can you help me with APA citation?
Self-evaluation: This is one of my better responses, however I couldn’t format it correctly, so that I could answer the question accurately.
11. Do you know of any products similar to Kinky Curly’s Knot Today Conditioner?
Self-evaluation: I was pleased with this response and it wasn’t difficult to answer since I actually have used those products.
12. How can you tell if a source is peer reviewed?
Self-evaluation: I had to look for the correct answer because I wasn’t sure how Google Scholar worked, I’m still not 100% certain how it works, so I could have answered this question incorrectly. If this person had been my patron I would have attempted to steer them away from Google Scholar because EBESCO removes all doubt concerning an article being peer reviewed.
13. How do you cite an e-book in MLA format?
Self-evaluation: Similar to number 10, I was satisfied with my response, minus the formatting.
14. What is a good hairstyle for African American hair?
Self-evaluation: Another question where I had to make a judgement call on what is “good” and what isn’t from my point of view. I tried to give as much information that I could so that she could make her own decision in the end.
15. Can you help me find a poem by Charlotte Brontë?
Self-evaluation: I liked answering this question and it took a bit more digging than I expected. I was surprised that she couldn’t find it herself initially, but it is a fairly old text and probably not readily available unless it’s anthologized.