I’m working on a project this year to build a competitive programming FAQ. This is one in a series of articles describing the research, writing, and tool creation process. To read the whole series, see my CPFAQ category page.
When you’re logged into Quora, there’s a link at the top of your question feed that says: “What is your question?” Some people interpret this to mean: “What are your questions?” So we end up with questions like this one: What is ACM-ICPC? Is it necessary to have a team to participate in ACM?
As with most simple questions, the two sub-questions that make up this question have been asked repeatedly on Quora. For example:
So it would be useful to use question merging to clean things up. But we can’t merge one question into two separate questions. Quora policy in this situation suggests choosing the more specific question as a merge target. In this example, that would be the second sub-question, Is it necessary to have a team to participate in ACM? But this is a compromise. There will be a mismatch between the merged question and the answers, since some of the answers will address both sub-questions.
Having seen many of these multi-question questions in the CPFAQ question set, I decided to analyze my question title data to find out more about them.