I think the title says it all, however I am referring in particular to this question. The situation goes like this:

  • I see an question that I might be able to answer however it lacks some details I need to know
  • I leave a comment asking for clarification
  • The OP basically says: hey, answer my question!
  • I explain that first I need the aforementioned information
  • The OP gets mad ranting something about the number of my answers and how I don't want to answer the question

Apart from flagging the last comment as not constructive (already done), what is the best way to handle this situation?

  • He did respond... askubuntu.com/questions/796836/… Aug 9, 2016 at 22:36
  • @AndroidDev that comment has been edited by a mod after I flagged it, my question talks about the big amount of rants that was present before. Aug 9, 2016 at 22:39
  • Oh. I had no way of knowing it was edited :) Aug 9, 2016 at 22:41
  • Could you include a screenshot of what it was before? Aug 9, 2016 at 22:41
  • @AndroidDev, the first part of the comment was «Is it so crazy to ask that consideration ? AndreaLazzarotto Well don't bother, is that an 11» and then it went on something like "answers/per year I see there? Your account could be bogus" or something like this that I don't recall exactly. Aug 9, 2016 at 22:42
  • @AndroidDev technically you could've seen because edited comments have a little pencil after them. :P Although I also only noticed recently about this feature. And yes, it was a big mistake on my part not to take a screenshot when I could. Aug 9, 2016 at 22:42
  • Yes, I nicely asked for her to consider that option and then she went , Huh?
    – userDepth
    Aug 9, 2016 at 22:57
  • Was my suggestion such idiocy ?
    – userDepth
    Aug 9, 2016 at 22:57
  • @userDepth Do you have a screenshot of the original comments before they got cleaned up, just out of curiosity to understand what has happened?
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Aug 9, 2016 at 23:11
  • @userDepth - I courteously ask why you didn't provide her with the requested information before asking her to answer. Aug 9, 2016 at 23:23
  • Is it so crazy to ask that consideration ? AndreaLazzarotto Well don't bother, is that an 11 ratio answers per year I see there? Your account could be bogus - I don't believe he didn't have the actual text copied from the platform because that ( OP comment ) is the nearly exact text. I removed the comment because I re-read the profile and it is not clear that my reasoning about the boguness to be true. He missed "ratio" but he knows to use formatting for the word "before"
    – userDepth
    Aug 9, 2016 at 23:27
  • @AndroidDev Because I was visiting someone and wasn't at my computer
    – userDepth
    Aug 9, 2016 at 23:29
  • @userDepth - Ah. As I do not want to start more conflict, I'll just say that next time, please provide the requested info before asking for an answer. Let's keep the peace here. No harm's been done; nobody downvoted your question. (As a matter of fact, it has 2 upvotes). Let's learn from this experience and move on :) Aug 9, 2016 at 23:35
  • Begging for an answer that cannot be given is quite impolite (as if I magically knew the answer without any clarification and I wanted to keep it for me), this is kind of obvious. By the way, you guys could at least stop referring to me as if I were a female, that would be very much appreciated. :) Aug 10, 2016 at 0:53
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    If soneone handles his or her question in a bad way, obstructs posting a good answer in any way, that's a reason for me to downvote it. Aug 10, 2016 at 6:42

2 Answers 2


If a question author does not cooperate and refuses to provide the necessary information you need to find an appropriate answer, just ignore their question and move on. They had their chance to get your help, but if they don't manage respond properly, it is not your fault. Maybe it would be appropriate to flag or vote to close the question as unclear.

As the user is even (more or less harshly) insulting you, flag the question or comment as offensive and move on. The moderators will deal with it. I see no reason why you should keep trying to help somebody who obviously does not want your help.

  • And consider invite to chat
    – userDepth
    Aug 9, 2016 at 23:05
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    @userDepth I can't tell how the comment thread between you two has looked initially, I only see its current state. Therefore my answer is rather general than specific to your case. However, in general, if somebody insults me in comments (whether you have done that or not), I won't have the lightest motivation to go on arguing with this person in another location. That's why I personally would not invite the other one to chat in such a situation (and people <50 points may not chat by default at all).
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Aug 9, 2016 at 23:10
  • @ByteCommander check out the comments on the Q for a rough idea of the content of the moderated comment. Aug 10, 2016 at 0:57

I haven't refused. I wasn't at my computer at the moment. A suggestion, don't use idioms if you are not a native speaker. Being idioms and Huh's not formal forms of expressions you will be misunderstood and those are not a the local dictionary shop.

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    Did you prefer a "what?" Seriously, how do you want people to answer your questions after they asked for clarification? Do you believe people leave comments just for fun because they don't want to tell you the answer? Aug 10, 2016 at 0:56
  • What are you trying to say here?
    – guntbert
    Aug 12, 2016 at 20:59
  • @guntbert the use of "Huh?" It really got me by surprise I recognize that. I didn't command to answer in any way. I said "please consider" That expression really seemed apathetic and implied I asked for something stupid or inconceivable. And then I find this here at Meta posted while I was heading home. Maybe he tried to imply he didn't understand my request but in that case I think the way to go is asking Why, for me it is obvious that I was proposing an answer alternative.
    – userDepth
    Aug 12, 2016 at 21:11

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