What kind of questions should I not ask here?

What kind of questions should I not ask here?


You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page.

Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much.


If your motivation for asking the question is “I would like to participate in a discussion about ______”, then you should not be asking here. However, if your motivation is “I would like others to explain ______ to me”, then you are probably OK. (Discussions are of course welcome in our real time web chat.)


To prevent your question from being flagged and possibly removed, avoid asking subjective questions where …


every answer is equally valid: “What’s your favorite ______?”

your answer is provided along with the question, and you expect more answers: “I use ______ for ______, what do you use?”

there is no actual problem to be solved: “I’m curious if other people feel like I do.”

we are being asked an open-ended, hypothetical question: “What if ______ happened?”

it is a rant disguised as a question: “______ is awful right?”


If your question is about the Answers site/software itself, please ask it here. We use this sites  to talk about things like what questions are appropriate, what tags should be used, suggest a feature, point out a bug, or generally discuss how Answers works.