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Old 05-30-2010, 05:03 PM   #1
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Why is it that people can't seem to phrase a question correctly ?


Maybe its just me...maybe I'm getting old
But I've seen a lot of threads on this site & other sites where people just do not seem to know how to phrase a question
Instead it seems they make a statement & you are supposed to guess at the exact question
Very little informatiojn is given & some people get upset when you ask for more info

Txtng 101 is the problem ?
I tend to pass over these threads

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Old 05-30-2010, 06:29 PM   #2
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What are you trying to say Dave?

J/K

I suppose the reason is different in each case. Maybe some people are just in a hurry to post the question, so they can get the answer right away, so they don't put a lot of thought into it.

Or, since their knowledge of the subject they're asking the question about is limited, they're not really sure of how to ask the question or what basic information you need in order to help them. I've been guilty of this, I'm sure.

There are probably lots of reasons.

I've seen people get upset when they're asked for more specific information too. That's kind of silly on their part. Maybe they feel insulted for being asked? Who knows.

I've also seen people get because they didn't get the answer they wanted to hear and were told by a pro on here not to do it. They don't see that the pro is just trying to save them some trouble or keep them out of danger.


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Old 05-30-2010, 07:00 PM   #3
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Why are they too lazy to use the search feature, instead of asking the same question, that has already been asked and answered?
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Ya Dave, I don't know why they would not phrase their questions properly.

You want to see fun; pop over to the legal sites I cruise and see what happens when some kid asks a question using IM shorthand. The posters there actually chastise a poster for such. We get to be a bit more...forward, shall we say, than is allowed here.
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I don't think texting or IMing has anything to do with it. If you think about it, texting requires people to be highly efficient in their language - they have to communicate themselves with a minimum of words.

I think that laziness and ignorance has a lot more to do with it. And I want to know why no one seems to spell check their titles.
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Old 05-30-2010, 08:49 PM   #6
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The thing that bothers me more than not phrasing a question right is when people dont use any punctuation every sentence runs into the next you have to read and reread the post to understand what the op wants there was one like that on craftforum.com this morning

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Also, and I will save the time of trying to replicate it here. Because I know it would be a big waste of everyone's time. And speaking of waste of time, did I tell you that I am making marshmallows tonight. I found a great gluten-free recipe from Alton Brown that my niece and nephew can eat. They are both gluten intolerant, well, my niece is also dairy intolerant too.

But I really hate it when people spend around three hundred words trying to explain the start of what their problem is. I HATE the irrelevant background when it comes before a question.
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I see that too sometimes lol. Something like:

"Hi, what do I use for 15 amp compressor"

Waaaa?! lol
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I know what you are talking about. It frustrates me almost as much as when people don't know the difference between there, their & they're.

Usually i'll try to call someone out on it if they post half a question.
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this is a diy site with all the available mental acuity of home owners that attracts. to be expected i would think as people unfamiliar with terms and work are casting about for help. the proper phrasing/ question may elude them
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this is a diy site with all the available mental acuity of home owners that attracts. to be expected i would think as people unfamiliar with terms and work are casting about for help. the proper phrasing/ question may elude them
Trust me. It happens on martial arts forums and car forums as well
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speaking of driving me crazy someone posts one of those poorly worded questions and you ask a follow-up question and they never answer i wonder how many times a questions is asked and the OP never reads the discussion that follows a thanks would be nice or participation in the discussion would be best
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speaking of driving me crazy someone posts one of those poorly worded questions and you ask a follow-up question and they never answer i wonder how many times a questions is asked and the OP never reads the discussion that follows a thanks would be nice or participation in the discussion would be best

Ouch! That response made my brain hurt. A little punctuation and a few capital letters make a world of difference in legibility.

I can live with poor spelling, but run on sentences are really hard to read.
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Maybe its just me...maybe I'm getting old
But I've seen a lot of threads on this site & other sites where people just do not seem to know how to phrase a question
Instead it seems they make a statement & you are supposed to guess at the exact question
Very little informatiojn is given & some people get upset when you ask for more info

Txtng 101 is the problem ?
I tend to pass over these threads
Dave, not only do I try very hard to phrase my questions correctly and add pics and model #s etc, whenever I can... but I also vehemently try to provide an accurate and informative thread title, so people don't have to click and open threads unnecessarily. This is a big pet peeve of mine. People that start threads like

Title: What should I do about these

Body: Little beetles that are eating my plants....

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Maybe its just me...maybe I'm getting old
I don't know whether it's the getting old or the "old fashioned" way of communicating. If my dad wanted me to put a hammer on the table, he told me to put it on the table. Now that seems simple enough doesn't it? Not, "put it over there." By the way, unless he specified otherwise, when he told me to do something, he meant NOW. How many times do we see younger people told to do something and they just keep sitting there with an eventual grunt, "I heard you." It amazes me that some people with a college education cannot communicate with better than 5th grade grammar. I was taught by my father that the way you communicate (or, the way one communicates), including your handwriting tends to make a difference in how people see you.

Maybe we should start a thread on manners. Anyone old enough to be my father I call "Mr. ..."
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