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[meta] Add key information we need on the "ask question" page?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 17, 2013 at 3:51 AM

I commonly see questions from new users that ask things like "why am I so tired" or "should I change my diet" without telling us how much they're currently eating, or what foods, or for how long. People ask "should I eat more carbs" without saying how much they currently eat. They ask "should I lose weight" without including their height, their gender, or sometimes even how much they weigh now! Should we add some notes to the "How to Ask" box about information we usually need in order to begin answering a question?

Off the top of my head, here are some suggestions:

  • Gender, height, and weight. Bodyfat or muscle percentage if you know it.
  • What your diet is currently like.
  • Whether you're avoiding carbs, or want to avoid carbs.
  • Whether you're trying to lose or gain weight.
  • If you're asking about a recent change in your health, include any major changes in your diet, behavior, or environment over the past month.

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on July 13, 2013
at 05:06 PM

... This a terrible idea, making answering questions also a guessing game keeps things interesting. j/k .... I would suggest waist measurement, to help give an idea of body comp / shape. Waist for men ~at belly button, for women at natural point of "crease" when bending sideways. Not a perfect metric but knowing a guy is 6' 200 and a 42" waist or a 36" waist tells a lot. I'd also suggest; allergies, if any and general description of weekly physical activity –

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

(720)

on July 13, 2013
at 05:05 PM

... This a terrible idea, making answering questions also a guessing game keeps things interesting. j/k .... I would suggest waist measurement, to help give an idea of body comp / shape. Waist for men ~at belly button, for women at natural point of "crease" when bending sideways. Not a perfect metric but knowing it a guy is 6' 200 and a 42" waist or a 36" waist tells a lot. I'd also suggest; allergies, if any and general description of weekly physical activity

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

(720)

on July 13, 2013
at 05:04 PM

... This a terrible idea, I think making is answering questions also a guessing game keeps things interesting. j/k I would suggest waist measurement, to help give an idea of body comp / shape. Waist for men ~at belly button, for women at natural point of "crease" when bending sideways. Not a perfect metric but knowing it a guy is 6' 200 and a 42" waist or a 36" waist tells a lot. I'd also suggest; allergies, if any and general description of weekly physical activity

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on June 17, 2013
at 12:06 PM

This makes too much sense not to happen. :-)

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on August 26, 2013
at 10:18 PM

I agree with greymouser and the OP: we can be of best assistance to others with some basic information from the person posing the question. I've stopped counting the times I've written, "how many calories do you eat a day?""What do you eat?" "What type of exercising (if any) do you do? How frequently?" "What are you goals--losing weight?Building muscle? Both?" etc etc etc.

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