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Do you think it even occurs to most of those posing questions here that there is an art to composing such questions?

Asked by stanleybmanly (20116points) 3 weeks ago from iPhone

I mean some of the stuff that pops up here leaves me wondering how difficult it must be for many folks to function among us with what passes for normal conversation

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rebbel's avatar

Could also (not) the same being said about answerers, or people that answer, or those that respond, to said, or other, question(s)?
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Dutchess_III's avatar

LOLL!!! Some of us are challenged, man! Be nice!

I think sometimes people post questions in quiet desperation. We don’t want the site to close down for lack of activity.

kritiper's avatar

Most, yes. There is an art to responding as well. Like not deviating from the topic. Or making assumptions at to what the OP might REALLY be asking.

Dutchess_III's avatar

LOL!! They do go off on tangents, don’t they @kritiper. I suppose I’m just as guilty.

I am reading some texts from an acquaintance who wants me to sell some furniture for her. Her texts make NO sense. I guess there is an art to writing down cohesive thoughts that has been lost. OR, more likely, people who wouldn’t have written things down 20 years ago suddenly find themselves in a position to write thanks to social networking

Brian1946's avatar

I think it occurs to about 60% of them.

I’d say it occurs to about 30% of those who post at sites that have no writing quality standards, such as Twitter, Yoo Toob, and even Nextdoor.

Inspired_2write's avatar

Factor in the language barriers, many here are using a second language skill of which most of us do not know more than one language.
There are some that write in desperation after experiencing upheavals in there life .
Fights, separations, divorce, drugs, alcohol ,youth,immaturity, all these come into play as well.
But we should provide a compassionate ear and listen to their pain and try to assist them if nothing else but just to be heard.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Actually, those for whom English is not their first language do a better job than most of us in composting questions.

And it’s ”....their life,” @Inspired_2write.

rebbel's avatar

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stanleybmanly's avatar

Of course, the same can be said for those answering questions, including auto correct, which is itself about the business of figuring out “what is he/she talking about?”

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, it’s called “proof reading.”

stanleybmanly's avatar

True, and no one is more guilty than I of rapidly writing an answer, but then being forced to edit the answer on reflection. I just changed “me” to “I” for example.

Dutchess_III's avatar

…I think “me” was correct, tho. CALLING GAILCALLED!!

stanleybmanly's avatar

I’m not sure. The “me” flew out instinctively, but reading it, drags up one of those vague memories on rules of the English “rules of the road” from childhood. This time it’s the one where “I” is valid if you can follow it with the word “am” and the sentence still makes sense.

Dutchess_III's avatar

hmmm. Didn’t know that. I’m also not an English major. I HATE ENGLISH!!!!

canidmajor's avatar

Yup, @Dutchess_III, proofreading, indeed! :-D (Reread your comment above @rebbel)’s

kritiper's avatar

There is, I believe, a certain learning curve when getting the hang of asking questions here.

Brian1946's avatar

Now that I’m done composting this post, I’ll add it to the decomposing posts positioned above. ;-)

Dutchess_III's avatar

^^^ LOLL!!!

flo's avatar

Just go to all the recent or not, questions that haven’t been answered (perfectly clear questions that can use more answers) . They’re clear enough for some even if they’re not grammatically perfect.

flo's avatar

…Just count my excuses excuses

Dutchess_III's avatar

If they haven’t been answered it’s because no one was interested in them. It had nothing to do with whether or not they were grammatically correct.

Caravanfan's avatar

I try to compose my questions such that they are not yes or no answers.

ucme's avatar

I’ve spotted a couple of people asking tons of questions who, in their previous years here, hardly asked any.

flo's avatar

@stanleybmanly what if the word “such” in your OP wasn’t there?

stanleybmanly's avatar

No one illustrates my point better than you. The “such” might indeed be superfluous, but this latest question of yours leaves me baffled as to whether or not you are asking this. The best answer I can attempt from your question is that “such” would be eliminated.

flo's avatar

The statement that requires art is the one without the “such”, since “such questions” are the kind you’re pointing at as confusing unclear etc., I’m sure you didn’t mean to leave it there. You have a brain.

flo's avatar

Edited to add the above post.

stanleybmanly's avatar

The such merely specifies the questions as ones asked HERE. I am saying that the fewer the assumptions the questioner forces on the reader, the better. If the reader must guess the questioner’s intent, the chances of both parties being on the same page diminish accordingly.

flo's avatar

@stanleybmanly I’m just rereading my last post.

Dutchess_III's avatar

“Such” specifies questions asked on Fluther vs questions ask in other places, like a class room or in a gas station.

flo's avatar

….@stanleybmanly.Not a good idea to argue with someone who says “You have a brain”

stanleybmanly's avatar

Is that what I’ve done?

flo's avatar

And you have enough brains to say “No one forces anyone to make assumptions.

stanleybmanly's avatar

You are correct. I can only force myself. I have learned through bitter experience that in most instances it is preferable to ignore the question rather than force myself to try to make sense of it. It took me longer than it should have to catch on to this.

Dutchess_III's avatar

You have a brain @stanleybmanly. Damn you.

flo's avatar

Yes, he does. It takes a brain to not think making noise _ or _having the last word fools anyone, (not too many people (I hope) think last word = winning the debate.)

@stanleybmanly Good. It’s your world too.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Some of us, were educated in the South. You’re lucky we can read….

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I ask the questions that bother me in the middle of the night. Or while watching the news or YouTube.

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