I recently asked a question about db schema design - http://stackoverflow.com/questions/388837/schema-design. There were some responses, but the highest voted response, hints that the question was misunderstood.
What do we/should we do about questions that we'd like answered, but is either answered incorrectly or inadequately.
- Do we repost and hope that other eyes look?
- Do we edit and clarify and hope that it gets a second look (I don't think this strategy works)?
- Do we reframe the question in an interesting or inflammatory way to get more attention?
- Or something else I haven't thought of...
Someone just posted on reddit why unix sucks... if you ask a question about *nix - the gurus generally answer with RTFM (Read the Fn Manual). if you want help with *nix - you have to frame your question in a manner insulting to nix... 'nix sucks because it can't do ...' and then they immediately respond with how to do it to prove you are stupid...
It looks like the way to get attention to a question is to ask a meta-question about it (like this one)... There have been better posts on the reference question after I wrote this question.
As an aside, there is a strong undertone of - 'OP is stupid and needs to ask the question better' here. Yes, I can see bad questions being annoying, but instead of answering an incomplete or bad question, you could ask for specific clarifications or help the poster come up with a better question. I think the intent of SO is to be helpful to be developers, not to intellectually dominate or belittle others... There are many active users of SO who should try to temper their knowledge with better attitude.