I copied this from the Cafe Mom questions area, it's their definition of what makes a good question. Well, I say it's the bare minimum; I would add a few things. My suggestions are underlined.
There are a few good rules of thumb to follow when writing your questions:
1. Make sure your question is clear. While you can use the "Details" area to provide more, well, details, your question won't even get clicked on if people can't figure out what it's about from the headline.Did you get that, we usually won't open your question if your headline isn't in the form of a question or a title. WTF, Help, doesn't cut it over here, because we have to click to see the question.
2. Ask real questions. Don't post something to just to get a reaction. If you're not open to opinions other than your own about something, don't ask about it. Trolls will be everywhere, but we're onto you! But for the love of all that's holy, this isn't WebMD, stop asking for Health advice when you really need to call your doctor's after hours line! Or go to an urgent care clinic!
3. Categorize correctly. Selecting the category that is the best match for your question will help it get answered. Maybe I just like to follow the rules, or maybe the guidelines help to make the forum more enjoyable for all of us, what do you think? Please stop putting questions in the wrong categories. Those of us with OCD, and those of us who are just picky are getting pissed off.
And yes, I have my crankypants on today. Crappy questions this weekend. or I have PMS. I don't know. I just had to say something.
My number four would be, after you report a question, don't answer it or bump it, just report it!
Answer by meooma at 4:49 PM on May. 15, 2011
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