I was going through this question Do the neural substrates behind motivation to retain/dispose of property govern whether certain people view their friends and partners as possessions?. and it struck me as a good example of the kind of questions we should encourage/promote on our site .It would be good to have a list/template set of questions. Meta guidelines take some effort to read and comprehend, which turns off some types of people. I guess for repeat visitors/persistent people it may not be a problem, but for others it's too much of a time investment.(Most of these are immediately applicable for non-native English speakers, but i suspect, there are others too.)

In contrast, examples give a quick intuition(implicit ideas/theories) of what is expected of the questioner. So let's have a thread with a list of examples of good questions. We can make it a community wiki.

Specifically in this question,he follows a structure/sequence, i find impressive/useful.

    - Original/first thought/phrasing of the question as it occurred to him.
    - Actions taken towards finding a solution/answer.
    - Summary of research/publications he found that support and help refine the question, by rephrasing, introducing terminology etc.
    - What kind of answers he's looking for? More research papers with different approaches/viewpoints? Summary/survey papers of existing research? 
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  • We have a discussion on this here you should consider contributing to it. We have also discussed previously on meta of making a question to highlight best posts in a given idea-thread or sub-topic, so that we could use it for advertising. I can't find where we had this discussion, but the first paragraph here is related. – Artem Kaznatcheev Jul 22 '12 at 7:37
  • @ArtemKaznatcheev: I indeed was looking for that discussion. I saw the old question, but feel this does not fit there. After all, the main topic/focus of that thread, was how to ask a good question and am trying to focus on encouraging good questions. – N Anand Jul 22 '12 at 9:13
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    the best way to encourage is by example. Take the time to ask more question on the main site! Our numbers have been wavering, and I think we'd all love to see more activity! – Artem Kaznatcheev Jul 22 '12 at 9:33
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    Actually, I have to give a lot of credit for that question to our own @ArtemKaznatcheev as he gave me some tips on the organization of it. I will admit it's probably a good example of how edits can really shape up a post. – Chuck Sherrington Jul 24 '12 at 2:55

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