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What constitutes a good question?

Asked by phoebusg (5230points) February 6th, 2010

Well defined, informative as to the unknown – tied to applicability or level of usefulness. I’m sure some of you have a good idea to share on this. This is nearly the opposite of “do you think there’s no bad question”.
But what’s a good question? Maybe this perspective will get us bits of the answer missing from the other magnifying lens.

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Spinel's avatar

A quality question will have decent spelling and grammar. A good question is one that contains enough details to be reasonable answered. An excellent question is one that has not been asked a dozen times before. An acceptable question will not contain flame bait; it will not be worded in a fashion with the purpose of starting a fight.Of course the Frizzer question is exempt from these, but that was one time phenomenon.

I also appreciate a thoughtful question which gives the mind exercise.

Ame_Evil's avatar

Hmm I can only answer based on the criteria of me clicking the “Great Question” button. Personally I am yet to click it, as I too have no idea what makes a good question. But I guess the criteria I would include is if it makes me actually lol, or provides a topic which I am interested in (ie developmental psychology) or answers a question that I wanted answering.

But yeah I am stingy. I hovers mouse over Great Question and then decide to open up some porn instead.

slick44's avatar

IDK but thats a good ques.

marinelife's avatar

One that makes me think.

One I do not know the answer to.

phoebusg's avatar

Do you really know the answer to any question beyond any reasonable doubt? Or even above reasonable doubt.

lloydbird's avatar

NOT THIS ONE!

the_state_of_wisconsin's avatar

What makes a good question?

“Well-written, genuine questions provoke the best and most thoughtful answers. Obviously, make sure you spell-check, try to use proper capitalization and grammar, and select appropriate topics.”

—courtesy of the fluther guidelines!

i think that this is actually a pretty good description…something concise, with a clear query. the spelling thing i think is less important, but i think that the part about being “genuine” truly is important…it leads to the type of answer of discussion that has an authentic base…that type of answer is meaningful…

in short, i think that a good question provokes a meaningful answer.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

A good question is one where a short and sweet answer covers everything you need to know.Long drawn outs are excruciating and make me want to slam my fingers in a door just for something to do…;)

phoebusg's avatar

I prefer the long texts of in-depth analysis. Simply because language is an inadequate vessel for ideas. If you can’t define all your terms, or at least try, you’re not really communicating – or at least not adequately ;)

ETpro's avatar

I think questions that ask for an answer to commonly asked queries are good because they are soon indexed well in search engines and may provide the answer/s to lots of people who need them. Also, discussion questions that don’t necessarily have a single right answer, but that draw deep discussions are very interesting.

I love questions I know the answer to because I can answer them, but also ones that are interesting, and that I would like to know the answer to because someone else may answer and I can learn from it.

phoebusg's avatar

I like the thought that of partial answers, we know a part of the answer. But need to compare it, share it – like passing around the pieces from a large puzzle. Until we can form some sort of more established answer. But the joke is on us. Because that puzzle we were working on, is only a piece to an even larger puzzle.

augustlan's avatar

Provided it’s met the baseline standards in the guidelines, I love to see interesting questions. Whether they are asking for factual information on a topic I’d like to learn more about, or provoking a great discussion doesn’t really matter to me. As long as they make me think, I consider it a good question. Consequently, I give this question a GQ. :)

candide's avatar

subject+verb and question mark at the end – and maybe some intelligence in knowing the audience
we’re all jellyfish here, man!

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