Rather than singling folks out why don't you respond in those threads and ask them to clarify their questions a bit. Honestly, the questions aren't bad, they just didn't provide enough information.
posted 11 years ago
Point taken. I wasn't trying to "single them out" so much as just provide examples of this trend I am trying to discuss. Obviously I did list those three here, but I presumed the authors would be unlikely to notice I had done so.
It just seems like I have encountered lot of questions asked lately where I have no clue (or, let's say, less than 10% of a clue) what the author is trying to ask, even after rereading the question a few times. Questions like this have existed since time immemorial, of course, but has there been an uptick over the last few weeks? If nobody out there thinks so, then I guess it's just me.
The posts I singled out were simply the first three of many of his type of question I found when performing a quick search for examples to show. I sometimes have posted replies asking for clarification, but I optimized them away in my search because I considered only threads with zero replies.
Anyway, perhaps the questions "aren't bad" but if I truly have no idea what information they are looking for then I wouldn't call them "good" either. Certainly they aren't offensive or rude* or anything like that, it's just that they are baffling.
*Well ok, occasionally they can be rude, but just as often they are refreshingly polite).
There's always the questions to which my initial (not posted) response is "Why on earth would you want to do that" or "Where on earth did you get that idea". But I haven't particularly noticed an increase in the number of those questions.
You can't have everything. Where would you put it?