This post brings up what is for me, an important issue.
I try to answer every question that I am able answer. However, there are some questions that I cannot, because I do not know what is being asked. I do agree with Woodriver that some questions fall into this category.
I also think that few questioners ever think of using the search function before asking their question. I don't mean that as a criticism. That is human nature. Consider that number of times we have answer the beginners kit vs no kit question for newbie fly tiers.
I also agree with Williamhj that posters should be as specific as they can be. It is to their interest to do so.
I also agree with Rip Tide. I think what he saying is that there are no stupid questions. I agree with that. Everyone starts at the same place, as a beginner.
This brings me full circle back to Woodriver. If I can paraphrase what I think
his point is, it is that the more specific your question is, the more precise and clearer an answer you will receive. So I do not interpret his post as a criticism so much as a suggestion on how to get the best answer.
Here is what I do when I find a question that is not specific enough for me to post a reply. I will ask for clarification by asking questions of the original questioner that will help me to better understand what is being asked.
Perhaps it is my past profession as a physician and the theory of differential diagnosis that every medical student must understand. Since a patient most often does not understand what his/her problem is, it is up to me to diagnose it by asking questions myself and then explain it to the patient in terms he/she can understand.
In a nutshell that is what we try to do on this BB. We have newbies that do not understand and some do not even understand the terminology, but we will drag it out of you nevertheless.