How to Ask a Great Question

Today, we’ll walk you through how to ask a question on Answers—and share some tips we think will help get you the best answer.

There are a couple different ways you can pose a question to the Answers community. Before you do that, though, it’s a good idea to check whether a like-minded knowledge seeker beat you to it. You can do that in the search bar at the top of the page.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Go ahead and ask your question.

To do this on your desktop, click that bright, beautiful orange “Ask” button in the top right corner.

On your mobile device, tap the cute little round orange button in the bottom right corner.

This is the fun part! Type your question in the box that pops up. Be sure to phrase it like a real question, not a search term—and make sure to double check your spelling while you’re at it.

If you want to be done at this stage, you can be! But if you want to ask a really great question, click “Advanced.”

The first box under “Advanced” is for context. Does your question include terms that have multiple meanings? Clarify. Are there a few options you’re considering? List them out. If there’s any additional information you want the Answers community to have about your question, put it in the context box.

You can also add topics to your question in the “Advanced” section. This helps get your question grouped with similar questions and might help somebody interested in those topics find (and answer) it! Start typing a relevant topic, then pick one from our list. You can add up to three.

Hit submit! You’re done! Woo! Check your email occasionally to see if you get an answer. All the questions you’ve asked are also listed in your profile.

Happy asking!