Does it really matter how to ask a question? Definitely! Asking the question in the right way will increase your chance of getting a good answer, which can be useful for the rest of TibiaQA community. It will also help you avoid answers with lots of misleading information.
So what makes a good question?
First of all – good question is a not duplicated question. Before you ask a question, take some time to do a research.
Good title is one of the most important part if we want to get an adequate answer. Users can see title of our question as first and because of it each user decides if he wants to take his time to continue reading.
Good title must contain keywords describing the problem.
Keywords are helpful with understanding the topic of your question faster. It is also useful for new users, who try to make research about this topic.
Tags are kind of keywords. It’s useful for dividing questions into different categories and helpful for other users who are looking for questions belonging to a specific category.
Correct tags are also really helpful if you want people with knowledge of a particular filed to answer your question.
How it works? Let me show you an example:
Imagine, that you want to know how to find and kill boss of Bog Raiders, Shlorg. You have added tag “bosses”. Nobody answered and your question became forgotten. Few days later the user, who treats boss-hunting like a hobby and has huge knowledge about it chose the tag “bosses”, found your question without any answer and decided to help.
As you can see, the seemingly insignificant part of the question may turn out to be crucial.
Here you have to write more details and explain why you asked this question.
Your question have to be:
• clear and possibly short (it’s important, if you don’t want to get an answer: “tl;dr” ),
• helpful for other users (do not ask about personal things or any specific server, make your question a source of knowledge for every user),
• free of bias (to avoid arguing),
• not very general (to help users give you an exact answer).
Don’t be afraid of putting an examples to make your question easier to understand for TibiaQA community!
Try to care about visual aspect of your question.
To make the question clear and eye-friendly you can use some tools to edit the text. The choice of edition tools is wide, starting with bold, italics, color, font and letter size, ending with tables.
If your question concerns a specific item or place, simply show it! You can use maps, screenshots (as shown below), graphics and even videos!
Where can I find Areca Palm? – Palm? On Meriana you can find different kind of palms.
Where can I find Areca Palm? – Oh, I saw it in Venore and Rathleton!
Most of questions on TibiaQA are non-opinion based since major idea of TibiaQA was a simple rule – asking a questions and getting answers. But sometimes we are simply curious what other players think about the topic, so we ask an opinion-based question.
To make it correct - let users share their opinion, but don’t ask about their stories or favourite items. Good opinion-based question gives answers which build TibiaQA’s database.