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I (and I'm sure most of you) often type comments like this:

Blah blah blah... please read [ask] blah blah

..which gets expanded to:

Blah blah blah... please read How to Ask blah blah

This has bugged me for a while and I think the text should be changed to "How to Ask a Good Question" instead of just "How to Ask" for two reasons:

  1. The current text often comes off as rude; especially, when the question is not that terrible but just off-topic for one reason or another and could be improved. Telling someone to "go read 'how to ask'" could be interpreted as something like "go learn how to ask because you obviously can't" and often triggers a defensive behavior. "How to Ask a Good Question", on the other hand, focuses on the positive because "good" suggests "well-received". At least that's my opinion.

  2. The title of the Help Center article is already "How do I ask a good question?".

Note that this won't affect the comment's maximum character limit because the limit is applied to the markdown, not the rendered text. Thanks, @Sonic for reminding me.

  • Considering the Help Center only helps in posting the bare minimum of an acceptable question, not a good question, this would just trade one inconsistency for another. – Mast Sep 25 at 8:29

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