This tag is for general questions about questions. Answers should be applicable to the vast majority of questions. Do not use this tag for questions on a single question, use the [meta-tag:specific-question] tag instead.

From Wikipedia:

A question is a linguistic expression used to make a request for information, or the request made using such an expression. The information requested may be provided in the form of an answer.

Questions are half the basis of StackExchange (the other half being answers). They are the result of someone wanting some help with a problem, or input from other people.


What guidelines should questions follow?

Man has made some machines that can answer questions provided the facts are profusely stored in them, but we will never be able to make a machine that will ask questions. The ability to ask the right question is more than half the battle of finding the answer.

Thomas J. Watson (1874-1956)

Generally, questions should follow the guidelines set out in the Help page on How to Ask. To summarise these points:

  • Search and research
  • Stay on-topic
    You can find the list of what is on-topic for this site at the relevant Help page.
  • Be specific
  • Make it relevant to others
  • Keep an open mind
    The answer to your question may not be what you are expecting.

Additionally, you should check the site before posting to check that your question does not already have an answer.


Please check the FAQ for StackExchange sites for more detailed guidance.

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