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I'm starting on a seemingly straightforward project that has led to multiple questions. My first question led to a second question and I was about to post a third question. I decided to stop and ask Meta for guidance.

Each question is very specific. I want to ask narrow, objectively answerable questions about each step of a project rather than a broad subjective question about the entire project.

Is asking multiple questions the correct approach here?

  • I absolutely think this is the better way. Bonus points whenever you ensure the question will also help future googlers who work on similar project. (That strongly involves choosing a good title) – Tomáš Zato Aug 1 '16 at 14:30
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Yes.

Each question should be about one specific problem (with the necessary background) otherwise it runs the risk of being too broad.

There's nothing wrong with posting a follow-up question, but it's probably best to wait until you've got an answer on the previous one first. After all the answer could have a material impact on the question you want to ask next. I'll try to illustrate with a trivial example.

Q1. How do I lay a concrete slab on this site?

Q2. How do I fix a shed to the concrete slab?

At first glance it would appear to be OK to ask question 2 at the same time as question 1, but if the answer is say:

The slope is too steep to take a concrete slab, you need to build a platform.

Then the second question is redundant.

  • It'd be nice to know that you're putting a shed on the new slab, I might advise you embed some threaded rod to tie down the footers. They should be separate questions, but with a quick overview on each, and probably linked. – Mazura Jul 30 '16 at 15:20
  • @Mazura Well I did say it was an example ;) But yes, you need to give as much information as possible – ChrisF Jul 30 '16 at 15:32

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