What questions do not have enough information to be answered on WikiAnswers?

We want to help you find the answer to YOUR question! After all, we are Answers.com!
We just need a few more details from you so that we can help you find an accurate answer. Answers is designed to provide a specific answer to a specific question.

So, we suggest that you ask your question again, and this time, include more information! Need a few tips? We can help with that:

  • Questions that do not contain enough information can't be answered. For example, asking "Did he die?" or "How did she become rich?" can't be answered, because we don't know who you're asking the question about! Multiple choice questions can't be answered if you don't include the choices in the question. These typically include the phrase "which of the following" at the beginning of the question, and the question doesn't include "the following" choices in the question; thus, we don't have enough information to answer your question. Another example is asking a question about a vehicle without providing the make, model, year, and engine size. This information is almost always necessary.
  • Questions that are too broad A question such as "What are the names of all cars ever made?" is too broad to be answered. Also, simply giving a list of words doesn't ask a question that we know how to answer!
  • Questions using general pronouns can't be answered because we don't know who you're referring to! Avoid using pronouns such as he, she, it, them, their, his, her, its, etc. in your question. Chances are, we won't know who she, he, them, and what it is and won't be able to answer your question! We suggest that you specifically indicate the subject in your question. However, questions, in which the subject is already indicated may use those pronouns. For example, "When Miley Cyrus starred on Hannah Montana, how old was she?" is okay.
  • Questions that require us to look at a picture or diagram that you have in front of you can't be answered because we can't see your picture or diagram! At this time, we don't have the capability to include images in a question - sorry about that!
  • Partial questions or question fragments can't be answered because sentence fragments - such as "preparation for a position" or "pi plus" - don't explain what your question is, and therefore can't be answered.
  • Questions that are actually statements can't be answered because they aren't questions. "You are in love with a boy and he does not know you exist" isn't a question. You might want to rephrase this as: "What should you do if you're in love with a boy and he does not know you exist?"
  • Questions that should be asked in a chat room can't be answered because this isn't a chat room. "Who are you?" or "What is your favorite color?" aren't questions that can be answered on this website. We suggest checking out our Community Forum (link below) for some great convo threads!
  • Questions that ask for university results can't be answered here because that information is only released to the student. If you haven't received your results, we suggest contacting the university.
  • Questions about prices often can't be answered here because we need to know which store you are asking about, which particular brand/size/style of item you are asking about, and the date upon which you are asking for the price. Prices vary daily, and each store will have its own pricing and sales.
  • Coin-appraisal questions with insufficient information There are several criteria that are required to give an evaluation of a coin. Remember - the more information you have, the more accurate the evaluation will be! We suggest including all 4 of the following criteria to receive the most accurate result:
  1. denomination
  2. country of origin
  3. year of minting
  4. condition



  • Latitude and longitude questions with insufficient information: If you ask questions such as 'What is located at 30 degrees latitude and 30 degrees longitude?', there could be four possible answers since direction was not specified. Therefore, please include the directions (e.g. north, east, south, west). An example of a good question would be, 'What is located at 30 degrees north latitude and 30 degrees east longitude?'
  • Time-zone questions with insufficient information: When asking about the time in different places around the world, Answers can only answer if we know (1) the place of interest and (2) a reference point. Just for reference: Russia has 11 time zones; Asia has up to eight (depending upon how you count); the USA has six or more depending upon DST; Australia has six or more, depending upon DST; South America and Africa each has four; Mexico has four or (one of which does not observe DST) or more; Europe and Greenland each has three; and the Middle East has a whole fistful. Time zones between areas or countries may be as few as 15 minutes apart or as many as 120 minutes apart. Memphis, TN, USA is NOT the same as Memphis, Egypt. Be specific: Help us to help you!


Examples of time-zone questions:

Bad: What time is it now in England?
Good: What time is it in England if it is 11 AM in Perth Australia?

Bad: What time is it in Central Time?
Good: What time is it in Central Time if it is 2 PM in San Francisco?

Bad: If it's midday in the US what time is it Japan? (There is more than one time zone in the US.)
Good: What time is it in Japan if it's midday in Chicago?

Bad: How many hours is Tonga behind?
Good: How many hours is Tonga behind Tahiti?


Remember - It may make sense to you when asking, but please note that it might be hours (or days) before someone answers your question. In the bad examples, above, do you see how someone answering might be, well, a bit flippant and just say "8 PM", or "Evening", or even "Working time"? And that wouldn't really help you out, would it? :)


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The Answers Stylebook will help you write a proper question that can be answered for you - take a look in the related links below!

If you believe that your question has sufficient information to be answered, and should not have been placed into this catch-all question, please e-mail GoodQuestion @ WikiAnswers.com, and request that it be made into a separate question.
Martha Sparling
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