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This is a rather odd question asked by vivant. Of the 6 basic questions, which one annoys you the most? Maybe it's about you asking that question to the world. Or perhaps it's your reaction to getting asked that question by your child?

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: Should all of humanity be governed under a single government?
Yes - votes: 824 (23.3%)
No - votes: 2709 (76.7%)
There were 3533 total votes.
The poll ended: October 31st 2020

Doesn't make for a good story if there's no challenge, right?
Posted by lambchopsil on 
October 31st 9:52am
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» VawX on October 31st, 2020, 10:13am

This might not be popular, but personally "Where" is probably my least favourite question mmm...
Because it's simpler than Why or How, but to answer it, many times you have to explain quite a lot for people to understand mmm...


» mallika23 on October 31st, 2020, 10:54am

This is indeed another odd question. Last time it was the "which organ body would you choose" poll.

I think it can be annoying or not depends on how the question elaborated, who gives the question, and when the question was asked.

The question of when can be annoying for me, especially if it used by either family or neighbors to ask, "When are you going to get a job?" Or "When are you getting married?" And etc.


» residentgrigo on October 31st, 2020, 11:29am

Why? Life isn´t a mystery novel. Some Men Just Want To Watch The World Burn is a valid answer.


» Trimutius on October 31st, 2020, 11:47am

I generally like answering questions... But due to personal and professional things don't like to be asked "When?"
It will be done when it will be done, stop bothering me with ETAs and such


» rokyun_ on October 31st, 2020, 11:56am

I think it mostly depends on who is asking the questions but for me, it's why definitely.
Sometimes it just comes off as too extra or someone who doesn't want to think much, you know? It's not always the case, so as I said, depends on who's asking me that question and in what tone ww( ・ั﹏・ั)


» orochijes on October 31st, 2020, 3:11pm

"What were you eating under there?"
"Under where?"


» kuroipon on October 31st, 2020, 4:37pm

How I don't know how to explain things! I don't know how things work! I don't have any brain cells please don't ask me!!


» hkanz on November 1st, 2020, 11:43am

‘When’ has the most potential to be annoying IMO since I often hear it in an oblivious and whiny context (when will I get there). I wouldn’t say that any are annoying by nature though.


» hahhah42 on November 1st, 2020, 2:24pm

On MU, only "where" is not allowed.


» redlinks on November 1st, 2020, 4:31pm

I think back to my childhood. When I wanted to be annoying, I would always ask "Why?" to everything.


» zarlan on November 1st, 2020, 8:22pm

This question makes no sense. How/why would those be annoying?
Granted, the full question may indeed be annoying, but not due to any of those words.


» redlinks on November 2nd, 2020, 11:25am

Quote from zarlan
This question makes no sense. How/why would those be annoying?
Granted, the full question may indeed be annoying, but not due to any of those words.

You mean to tell us that you've never been annoyed by someone who always asks why all the time?


» zarlan on November 2nd, 2020, 9:39pm

Quote from redlinks
You mean to tell us that you've never been annoyed by someone who always asks why all the time?

Only if they are just mindlessly doing it to troll. Meaning that they question has no purpose, substance, or meaning, and isn't a genuine/honest question.
In other words:
It's not about the word "why" (or any other of the options), but the substance of the question, that determines if it is annoying. Just as I said in my initial post.


» Transdude1996 on November 2nd, 2020, 2:08pm

Questions that set out to prove a negative.


» Huffly Parfait on November 2nd, 2020, 8:34pm

I’ve always liked MU’s polls but surprisingly this one is my favorite so far.
My pick is “how”, I don’t even know *how* to explain it but if somebody asks me a “how” question and I have to explain whatever they ask me in a detailed manner, I’ll be annoyed. Which doesn’t make sense bc SOP is important. BUT I’LL STILL BE ANNOYED!!!!

I like “why” though, hence it surprised me that people chose it the most. When I saw the result I was like; “bUT WHY?!!!” Why did they pick why? I want to know the reason. I want to understand them better.


» blackluna on November 3rd, 2020, 3:30pm

I wonder why "why?" is so far in the lead (followed by "what?" no less!). For "why?" there's always the response "why not?"

Honestly, "why?" and "what?" are my favourite questions. (Okay, my preferred subjects are showing here, but still.) Yes, "why?" can easily go on indefinitely, but if someone keeps asking it (which is annoying for any question, to be sure), "why not?" usually solves the issue. Truth be told, I find "how?" "where?" and "when?" more annoying, but then again, I am decidedly not mechanically-minded and am pathetic at rote memorization (that, and I find recitation of facts incredibly boring).

Apart from people asking something, anything, incessantly, I'm guessing that which question annoys people most depends on how your mind works / your skill-set. E.g. in my case, questions of how something occurred (beyond the bare bones) and questions of specifics I may or may not remember are far more annoying than questions of quality ("what-ness," otherwise known as quiddity) and questions of causes / reasons (the whys). Someone with the opposite skill-set would probably have the opposite situation, no?

Of course there are also plenty of people who're bothered by the lack of a definitive answer (one of my siblings is a little like that), possibly more than the number of people bothered by the answer being definitive (like me) — well, it isn't a bad thing either way. People who are generally bothered by answering "I don't know," are another matter altogether. Although, sometimes, that situation can make you feel stupid, i.e. when the information you can't recall or don't know is supposed to basic (which is me about a third of the time — what's the word for __ again?).

Of course, in all of this, I'm just speaking generally and of generalizations.

Other than that, I'm in agreement with zarlan.


» vigorousjammer on November 4th, 2020, 2:50pm

So many people chose "why?", and I think I understand their reasoning, but I personally chose "how?"

"How?" is simultaneously the most difficult question to answer, and sometimes there isn't even any answer to it, which makes it super annoying.

Even so, it's probably the most important, as understanding how things work in our world can lead to great advances, not only in scientific achievement, but also in an individual's own life.


» zarlan on November 7th, 2020, 9:18am

Quote from vigorousjammer
and sometimes there isn't even any answer to it, which makes it super annoying.

"I don't know" is a perfectly good answer.