I always make sure I don't ask more than one question in one most. This is because by asking so, I might scare away a person who would know an answer to one of my questions but not to both. He might not share his opinion as he cannot answer the whole question.

In this post, Important Parameters to Check while Chosing a GSM/GPRS Antenna

I have carefully asked one question and another on this linked


But the previous link it says, a possible answers in my other post, alerting a possible duplicate.

My concern is why people without a clear understanding are allowed to make changes to the way posts/questions. I believe it decreases the quality of the forum. I've always tried my best to maintain the standard of the forum and I love this forum. I hope this post is seen by people responsible.

  • \$\begingroup\$ You also have a third question here: electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/131129/… \$\endgroup\$
    – David
    Sep 28, 2014 at 12:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ SE is not a forum. It is more like a Wiki, but in a question-and-answer format. Posts may be edited by other users (who have sufficient reputation) in order to improve the site for future visitors. Questions that are very closely related, like some of yours are, may be merged in order to allow more comprehensive answers and make the topic easier to grasp. \$\endgroup\$
    – Dave Tweed
    Sep 28, 2014 at 14:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, but as I've pointed out already, it also reduces the help I would get. As a person who can answer only one aspect of the question will not answer the question at all. \$\endgroup\$
    – Denis
    Sep 28, 2014 at 16:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ @david I have more than three questions. \$\endgroup\$
    – Denis
    Sep 28, 2014 at 16:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ A third related question then. \$\endgroup\$
    – David
    Sep 28, 2014 at 16:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ Exactly the point! Just because they are related, doesn't mean they are duplicates. On the question, it mentioned a possible duplicate by @placeholder. Again, When there are too many questions it looks not attractive to a helping hand. I want to make it look pleasant to a helping hand while forming the question in a generally helpful manner. \$\endgroup\$
    – Denis
    Sep 28, 2014 at 23:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ Normally, I'd join you in objecting to such changes. But your question titles, all by themselves, indicate that you are asking "what are some" type enumeration questions which are on the borderline of being a fit for this type of site at all - so to a degree, merging them is better than the alternative of removing them. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 10, 2014 at 17:02

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There is a fine line between piling too much into one question versus creating several questions that are similar. There is no simple single criterion you can use to decide how to ask the several related questions.

Asking too much in a single question makes it difficult to answer because it might require dispelling wrong assumptions implied by some of the questions, or be too long if everything were answered. If the questions are truly related, then sometimes a good answer can go into the background theory, although that is rare. Sometimes one or two of the questions can be answered and the others ignored, but the simplest expedient is to close on account of being too broad or possibly unclear.

On the flip side, closely related separate questions are annoying when roughly the same answer would apply to each of them. You'd rather write a comprehensive answer and not have to repeat it. If the question is interesting, then sometimes a nice answer can be written in one place and the other questions closed as duplicates, pointing to the question with the good answer. However, the most likely and common expedient is to simply close all of them as duplicates. If the offense is particularly egregious, it's great fun to close all of them, each pointing to one of the others.

So what to do? Three things:

  1. First and foremost, get a grip on what you really want to know. If you think you have several related questions, then you really have a misunderstanding or a knowledge gap one conceptual level up. Identify that properly and ask about that, but be careful not to make it so general as tell me about ....

  2. Consider the answers instead of your questions. If a single well written answer can tell you what you really want to know, then ask a single question. If the answers will be mostly unrelated, then ask separate questions. However, see point 1 first. If that still doesn't work, see point 3 first.

  3. Ask one question at a time. See point 1 first. Hopefully the right single question is all you need. If you still think you have multiple questions, pick the one you really want to know about most, or the one that might help with the others if you understood the answer, and ask just that one. There is some chance that the answers will fill in the other things you would have asked anyway.

    If not, wait a couple of days, then ask the next question, referencing the first. It would help to make it clear you learned something from the previous question, but that has lead to confusion about xxx. This shows you are trying to learn, are actually reading other answers, and implicitly shows the new question is not a duplicate of the first.

Above all, remember that this site isn't about you. You have to look at it not from the point of view of what you are here to get, but how to give those you seek a favor from the opportunity to do what they came here to do. There is no such thing as true altruism, no matter how much some people claim there are here just to help you. Nonsense. Everyone is here for their own personal private selfish reasons. They want to look smart, gain a high reputation (not the SE numerical kind) among their peers, like to contemplate interesting problems in their field, like teaching, etc. None of this has anything to do with solving your silly-ass problem directly. That is just collateral gain on the way so some other goal.

Since nobody gives a crap about you or your problem directly, and we get plenty of traffic here, questions that don't let people fulfill their purposes are dealt with expediently. That can mean downvoting and voting to close, sometimes for the quickest handiest reason whether it applies or not if the question is particularly bad.

That all said, the mechanisms for people to get what they want here are set up to provide good answers, but only to questions that are well asked, aren't annoying to read, and don't appear to waste the answerer's time. Keep all this in mind, and you can get a lot out of this site.

  • \$\begingroup\$ this is the coolest forum answer I ever got! its a lot to process but will definitely keep in mind. \$\endgroup\$
    – Denis
    Sep 29, 2014 at 13:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ +1 in general and for point #3. \$\endgroup\$
    – JYelton
    Sep 30, 2014 at 17:32

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