I'm looking at starting to do Q&A posts here on SuperUser for problems that I encounter, from uncommon problems to common problems. Obviously, the answer will have the most info in the entire post, but how much information do I need to put into the question for Q&A posts?

I understand that it helps if I pretend I'm playing Jeopardy, but I can't find any sources that say, specifically, how much info needs to be in the question.

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    You should ask a question anyone can answer. Just because you self-answer does not mean the question itself shouldn't be highly detailed.
    – Ramhound
    Nov 24, 2015 at 13:48

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If you feel it can help more people, then it's usually a good idea. Some things to consider, however:

  1. Generic instructions need to teach people how to get the answer they need. The answers need to be clear, concise, and contain all the information they would need.
  2. Ensure proper information is in the question. What logs are needed? What specific instances does this occur in? What has been tried and failed?
  3. Ensure the answer is in an Answer section, and NOT part of the question.
  4. Ensure it has not been asked before. Use the Search function first.
  5. If you feel like doing lots, if you are concerned about quality, ask people in Chat. We hang out in Root Access most of the time, and would be happy to help users in the site.
  • I get the answering part, but what about the question. What information do I include in the question of my Q&A post?
    – Bilfred
    Nov 24, 2015 at 0:10
  • @BilfredKerman Emphasized. It's going to change for every question, so if you're not sure, I'd recommend asking in Chat Nov 24, 2015 at 0:15
  • Ah yes, I'm blind. Thanks, I'll make sure to use the chat more often.
    – Bilfred
    Nov 24, 2015 at 0:15
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    Ask the question as if you expect someone else to answer. Its tricky but just enough information to answer, or that you'd someone else to provide works well.
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Nov 24, 2015 at 0:51
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    @BilfredKerman How do I ask a good question?.
    – DavidPostill Mod
    Nov 24, 2015 at 9:52
  • Not particularly what I meant
    – Bilfred
    Nov 24, 2015 at 9:53
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    @BilfredKerman - It should be. If you ask a good question it shouldn't matter you are answering it yourself
    – Ramhound
    Nov 24, 2015 at 13:49

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