I understand the need for specificity so that SE members can answer as well as possible. I also understand that general questions may not lead to fruitful answers// answers that the OP wasn't looking for. This is extremely obvious to me in strictly math related questions.

However, I find that soft questions aren't as easy to articulate [all the time.] I've had two reference-request questions. The first of which was on "simplicial complexes" and a good explanation of them. However, the second was about a reference to help get a peer "in to" advanced mathematics.

[can be found here: A book on advanced math for a "novice" mathematician, but "mature" thinker

I'm looking for a question that is indeed broad in nature, but that's because I need help to narrow it down! If I had something specific in mind for that question, I wouldn't need to ask it.

So, how can I improve the quality of these types of questions so that they meet the standards of SE, without compromising the nature of the question?


Tags are not excuses or shields against closure. Tagging a question with or does not mean the standard closing reasons don't apply to it. If it's too broad, it gets closed as such.

If you need help articulating an acceptable question, post a meta-question here: "how should I ask about..."

  • $\begingroup$ I didn't mean to suggest that. I merely meant that sometimes soft questions are somewhat broad by nature. Perhaps you are right though, and I should work on wording them $\endgroup$ – Andres Mejia Mar 15 '16 at 1:31

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