From reading FAQs I understand that we are to phrase posts as questions. I also understand that we have two types of questions
Poll type questions like, "What is your favorite spiritual color?" (can be marked Community Wiki) and "How do you reconcile 'preordained' and 'free will.'
However it seems that some questions ask 'yes or no', such as "Are you familiar with . . ." and mention a certain author or article that may not be familiar to the group.
How better can we ask questions like this?
asked Apr 22 '12 at 08:41
Asking a question like "Are you familiar with..." would probably not be appropriate for a website like Inward Quest as a genuine question. It would be more appropriate for a discussion group, which Inward Quest is not.
IQ is fundamentally a questions and answers knowledge exchange. We are more lenient than other similar Q&A sites in that we (reluctantly) allow (for now) some "discussion" style questions through making them Community Wiki, whereas other similar sites simply close them immediately.
If you wish to bring up new information to the group then it would be better not to try to disguise it as a question but simply make the information Community Wiki upfront. All that Community Wiki ultimately means is that the question asker does not receive any karma points for that "question" even if they are upvoted.
Community Wiki ensures the karma points system is not compromised. This is important because those who genuinely benefit the site through on-topic information exchanges gain more powers, as a result of accumulating points from other users, to influence and police the site.
If we allowed borderline "discussion" questions to accumulate points then, aside from filling the site with off-topic discussions and social interaction rather than solid information, potential troublemakers could amass significant points just through posting irrelevant chat-type "questions" and then eventually gain powers to, for example, maliciously edit other people's postings.