How To Ask A Good Information-Seeking Question

A Good Information-Seeking Question is:

CLEAR:

It does not contain terms or phrases that are themselves vague, ambiguous, or in need of clarification. If it contains technical terms, the questioner explains what he or she means by them.

PRECISE:

It tells the respondent exactly what information the questioner is seeking.

BRIEF:

It does not come with lengthy preambles or unnecessary justifications.

RELEVANT:

It pertains directly to the matter under discussion.

TARGETED:

It is posed to a respondent who could reasonably be expected to give an informative answer.

FAIR:

It does not contain any damaging presuppositions.

NOT IMPOLITE:

It is not posed in terms or in such a way as deliberately to insult or offend to the respondent.

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