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Re: How to answer questions

by jonadab (Parson)
on Feb 28, 2007 at 12:35 UTC ( #602483=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to How to answer questions

It depends on the question. Sometimes the question is either obviously already well-explained, or obviously not. In the former case, you just answer it (if you can), and in the latter case, you conduct what a library worker would call a reference interview, wherein by a series of questions of your own you attempt to find out what the real question is that you should be answering.

Of course, some questions are in a sort of in-between zone where they can be answered outright, at least on the surface, but you're not quite sure whether you're getting at the best possible answer without probing further. Not sure what to tell you about those.

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