How to ask a question on the Internet
Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 9:02 AM by Dave Winer ☮.
  • Every day I get questions about RSS or blogging or podcasting, often on Twitter, that I don't know the answer to, but that I suspect someone who follows me does. If you have such a question, and you want an answer, here's what you should do.
  • Write a blog post, briefly explaining what you want, and send me a link to it, and I'll pass it on. A multi-part tweet is impossible to publish a pointer to, and few people will take the time to parse it. A short blog post, but not too short, explaining what you want, often will get you the info you're looking for.
  • A blog post is the perfect way to tap into not only the expertise of an expert, but also the expertise of their network.
  • Also, while most people won't care, I do care if you use your own blog or a silo. I won't forward links to Medium, for example. Not even very likely that I'll read it. When they add an API, I'll happily send out pointers to posts on their site. (Not that I think they worry about this, but I have trouble sleeping if I help promote publishing methods that hurt the open web.)