@gondwanalon Exactly. Framing it with a double negative gets right back to the more compact question, “Why?” So why make it needlessly long? Why?
@Coloma Actually, it evolved in the opposite order. I’ve been wanting to ask “Why?” because I wanted to see how people would parse it and answer. And wondering if I the moderators would let such a succinct question stand led to my asking what the shortest question was.
@augustlan Well it’s official. It passes the moderation test. And that’s why. :D
@PhiNotPi As explained to @Coloma above, this is absolutely true. I’ve spilled the beans on why I asked “Why?”.
@cookieman Charo is still a solid “Why?” for lots of female figure admirers.
@whitenoise Nope. It just sort of came out that way. And including details, Why? is tied with What is Love? for number of characters.
@glacial Isn’t “Why?” the most fundamental thing to ask. All human progress comes from somebody observing something that everyone thinks just has to be the way it is, but instead of accepting that, asking “Why?”
from dad “because I said so!”
from your teen age son “because she is just so beautiful”
from your cat ” ” which means “you can’t handle the truth”
from your accident prone dog “I just couldn’t wait!”
from your boss “you’ll get a raise when I get one!”
There was an interesting story with the “how” question that @augustlan and I teamed up on. I was originally going to be the person who asked the question, and I tried to create a completely blank question. However, we soon found out that Fluther doesn’t like it when you have blank titles. This is what happened. It causes an infinite redirect loop error. This same error really messed up the question writing process, so I accidentally posted three questions without noticing. That’s why @augustlan ended up posting the final result.