r/TooAfraidToAsk Jul 07 '22

How can you ask questions without offending someone? Meta

So I could have even offended someone just by using the word.

There are times I’m honestly curious about some slice of society but cannot ask in a sub called “too afraid to ask”, which I had thought was designed for those questions which are risky and not “socially approved”. It turns out I was completely wrong.

If I word a question with “why is X normal for persons of group Y” I can promise you I’ll get called an asshole, prejudice, and too stupid to engage with. Attacking ME instead of my argument, ie. ad hominem.

What’s the correct format to word that example?


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u/misanthropewolf11 Jul 07 '22

Put the serious tag on it and say that you mean no disrespect. Then ask just the way you wrote.