(Here's my stab at it, making CW so people can polish)
I do fear that it's already too wordy and no one will read it and I'm only making it worse, heh.
What kind of questions should I not ask here?
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- every answer is equally valid: “What’s your favorite ______?”
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- there is no actual problem to be solved: “I’m curious if other people feel like I do.”
- we are being asked an open-ended, hypothetical question: “What if ______ happened?”
it is a rant disguised as a question: “______ sucks, am I right?”
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