I tried to ask a Question, about 6 days ago.
Since I am new to the field, apparently my question apparently is too broad or vague. I have read a good guide, how to ask good questions, but sadly this does not help me enough. My question is that vague because of my lack of experience.
For future questions I will read a book on thermal and statistical physics. But what about this question? How long should I hold on to my question before deleting it?
I could simply leave it, hoping someone will understand and answer it one day, but apparently it is not a good question. Therefore I do not want it to mess up this beautiful site.
When is it a good time to give up on a bad question?

  • $\begingroup$ It would be better for you to edit. Have you tried looking in chat to see if anyone could help you improve your question? $\endgroup$
    – Aarthi
    Commented Feb 6, 2013 at 15:14
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    $\begingroup$ Don't delete your answer, and don't necessarily give up at that point. It looks like you already received some feedback on your question, which suggests that it probably has some interest. $\endgroup$
    – chl
    Commented Feb 6, 2013 at 15:50
  • $\begingroup$ I have an answer half-written. The problem in completing it is that your question is indeed vague, so I have to spend a lot of time making and explaining assumptions. $\endgroup$
    – whuber Mod
    Commented Feb 6, 2013 at 16:37
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you all just so much! I currently am in the suggested chat room, where I could hopefully answer questions to what I want - in layman's terms. $\endgroup$
    – DennisH
    Commented Feb 6, 2013 at 16:45

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Although this is an old thread, I think this subject fits well in the context of the new rules of putting questions on hold, so they can be edited, before closed.

I think the answer is: NEVER!!

You showed that it is possible to revert a situation (your question has now 6 upvotes and a good answer).

Other users helped you with that, but just because you came on Meta and shared your difficulties.

Besides Meta, you used other strategies such as: awarding a bounty and being available in chat to clarify possible doubts about the question.

This thread is an example to current/future users that improving the quality of a question is always possible.


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