Improving the quality of questions
Browsing the Unanswered Questions I'm struck by the large number, asked by people with a rep of 1, that don't stand the faintest chance of getting an answer because they're so poor, like "Why doesn't my Thing work?"
I feel like replying "Sorry mate, but not the faintest clue what's up with your Thing. Anyway, what make and model of Thing is it, and for that matter, what is it that it doesn't do? And while you're at it, let's have a bit of the history."
Such questions, unanswered, risk leaving the questioner thinking iFixit is a waste of time, and they waste the time of any of us patient enough to request clarification in comments, which quite commonly seems to go unheeded anyway.
The Ask a Question page does say "Be specific and include what you've already tried" and gives a link to "Better questions get more answers", which it would seem plenty of people don't bother to read.
It seems to me that just a little more guidance on the Ask a Question page would pay dividends. I would suggest the following minimum guidelines:
- Be sure to include the make and model of your device.
- Be specific about what the problem is. Tell us what still works (if anything), what doesn't work or how it misbehaves, how the problem came about and anything you've already tried to fix it.
- Photos always help, especially of misbehaving screens or suspect components.
- If you are less than fluent in English or a widely spoken European language, do your best but also include your question in your own language. There may be someone who can understand it and answer or translate it, or who can make sense of it using Google Translate.
Such guidance must strike a balance between covering all the desirable points whilst remaining concise enough not to be skipped over by those who need to read it.
Is this a worthwhile discussion?