Meta-PokéBase Q&A
3 votes
288 views

Sometimes, people will ask questions that can't be answered until they give more information that wasn't in the original post. We ask them for the information, and they don't answer. Should those questions be hidden, answered based on guesses, or something else?
Example: http://pokemondb.net/pokebase/275638/rotom-formes-unusable-in-sun-and-moon-online-battles

by
You're asking what to do if they don't provide all of the information at once, or if they fail to provide information once they are asked for more?
They fail to provide information after being asked.

1 Answer

1 vote
 
Best answer

If a question does not provide satisfactory basis for a person to give an answer, then yes it should be hidden. Generally that would be enforced for posts that don't really pose a question or have entirely unknown answers -- but if we enforce this on those posts, then I guess it's fair that it also would be on a post like the type you described too. Exception shouldn't be made because one post is "closer" to being answerable than the other, the bottom line is that they're both unanswerable.

However, this would very much be enforced on a case-by-case basis. I'm sure there are posts like this that could be answered well based on assumptions, and others that could be answered if detail was given on every possible situation should there be any ambiguity. So that it's clear what I mean by that: if someone asked a vague question about where they could find a certain berry without specifying their game, I would allow that because you could answer that post with locations from every game that includes that berry.

As for the post you linked though, I don't think that falls into this category, because the answer to it could be found by testing Rotom-Fan and seeing if the same result occurred -- the asker did respond when more detail was asked of them.

by
selected by
In the specific example, the asker said he/she would try reverting the Rotom and transforming it again and didn't tell us what happened.
By the way, since you can hide posts, can you do me a favor by going into Pokebase's unanswered list and hide all the vague questions?
Yeah, those are way too hard to answer.
I apologize for not getting back after my test.  I've been quite busy with things going on and completely forgot about leaving an update.  I received an email when Distorted_palkia linked this to my question.  My update has been added to the question.