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How to Ask Questions
Take a Look
Before you dive in and ask questions, take a look through the site. It can be helpful to read some of the other questions to get a feel for the direction of the site. If you have a specific subject you have questions about, we have a rather extensive search feature that can be of a lot of help. If you don't see the answer you're looking for, then maybe we can help.
Read the FAQ
Above all else, we ask that you first read the FAQ. The FAQ is a guide of what the scope of this site is, and let's you know the general types of questions that we can help you with. See if you question either fits in the general categories listed as acceptable, or at least isn't explicitly disallowed under the FAQ.
Make a Question
Once you've determined that your question is on-topic for the site, consider the answer you'd like to receive and those that you may not want to receive. For instance, if I'm asking a question about flexibility for kicking, I may want answers that detail stretches or exercises, but not want a detailed biological description of muscular and nervous system responses during a kick; therefore, my question might be "What ways can I stretch or exercise to improve my kicking flexibility?" This should be your title.
Explain It Better
Once the question is well worded, explain yourself a little further. The more details you can provide, the more precise of an answer you'll receive. Things to include for the above example may be:
- The art you're practicing (e.g. Shotokan Karate-do, or Baguazhang)
- What type of kick you're having trouble with (e.g. front snap kick)
- What you've tried (e.g. "sit and reach", or "downward dog").
Reconsider the Question
When it's time to tag it, think about what you're talking about. For example, our question deals with kicking and flexibility. When possible, use multiple tags. It's easier for other users to narrow down what they're looking for one tag at a time, rather than jumping to kicking-flexibility as a single step. Questions with two-word tags that can be replaced will be replaced, possibly at the loss of another tag.
What if I'm not sure if my question fits the guidelines?
This is far more common than you'd think, which is exactly what meta is for. Post your question up for discussion and ask if it's appropriate to ask here. If it is, the community will tell you. If it's not, chances are there's someplace you can ask it.