I've noticed that a lot of bad questions aren't even questions (have no actual question in them). They usually go something like:

I'm trying to do X. It should do A, B and C.

I realize that these "questions" can easily be be translated into

How do I do X? It should do A, B and C.

Is this something we should try to prevent? If so, what can we do?

The most simple thing would be to inform the poster of a question that their question doesn't include a question mark. I may cause them to rethink their question before even posting it. The presence of a questions mark could either be enforced (i.e. you can't post a question without it) or just encouraged (i.e. the questioner get informed about the missing question mark but can still post the question).

I could also see the possibility of a more advanced heuristic that tries to inform users that it looks like they are posting a question that probably is not a good fit for the community.


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I don't care how it's phrased, as long as it's perfectly clear what the problem is.

If the author's communication skills are sufficient so that the question is understandable even without a question mark, so be it. If not, suggest an edit (or edit, if you have the privilege) and make it clearer.


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