How to ask smart questions question

Aahz aahz at
Sat May 30 13:41:52 EDT 2009

In article <960af9f3-c445-4d6d-b277-76a123ee4dcd at>,
Carl Banks  <pavlovevidence at> wrote:
>On May 26, 7:48=A0am, Gary Herron <gher... at> wrote:
>> The proper response to a question like this has to be
>> =A0 =A0
>> as anything else is complete guesswork.
>Is there a Cliff's Notes version of this?
>I may be a cynic but I would think the people who ask bad questions
>are the same sort of people who won't have the patience to sit though
>this behemoth of an essay.

Perhaps linking directly to this would help:

The table of contents contains a good summary for actually asking
questions.  Overall, I'm inclined to agree with people who argue that the
smart questions essay is a good filter; someone unwilling to put in the
work of reading and understanding it is also unwilling to put in the
effort to ask good questions.  I mean, I re-read most of that essay once
every couple of years myself.
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