I've been looking at some "not a real question" posts and they all seem be fairly generic to one or two scenarios. Either it's just not a question (which might actually be off-topic), or they haven't tried hard enough to make a post that lets us help them.
The FAQ identifies it as:
It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form.
The asker still has a problem but the question is useless until they address problems. I was wondering if we could get a generic list of questions we can ask ourselves to see if it's a helpful question (rather than or in addition to simply having close/open votes).
I'm not sure what the questions would be, but something along the lines of:
- Did you include code that demonstrates your problem?
- If applicable did you include a screenshot?
- Are you rambling?
- What did you try?
I'm just wondering if this might be a useful approach to fit in somewhere for those questions that are not real questions, and see what others think.