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What kind of discussion are you most often hoping for when you ask a question?

Asked by wundayatta (58377 points ) April 5th, 2009

I usually ask questions designed to get people to tell me stories. I like learning about different people’s experiences, and I’m not that interested in debating, although I do get passionate sometimes. The other thing I look for, on occasion, is creativity. I like to see what’s on people imaginations, and so sometimes I want to ask questions that seem silly, but really are trying to open the door for a story or a laugh.

Other people may want information, or a debate, or to discuss theory, or to provoke critical thinking, or any number of other things.

What’s your thing here? What is your strategy for getting it? Does it bother you when people seem to want different things than you like?

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