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Herb Miller, the owner of Bobbing Wide, develops WordPress websites, plugins and themes. He is the creator of oik-plugins, WP-a2z and Seriously Bonkers.

Top 10 questions for different types of problem solving

Even though many of them have been asked many times by many people, these questions didn’t make it into the formal list of questions for Problem Solving.

  1. How are you?
  2. Does it hurt when I do this?
  3. Do you think that’s wise?
  4. Will you marry me?
  5. What’s the time?
  6. Are you hungry?
  7. Who you gonna call?
  8. What’s the worst that could happen?
  9. How do you solve a problem like Maria?
  10. What the hell is wrong with you tonight?
  11. Are you deaf?
  12. Am I making sense?
  13. Did you have line numbers on the cards before you dropped the deck?
  14. Did you really mean to do that?
  15. What is your name?
  16. Where do you come from?
  17. What part of … don’t you understand?
  18. Do you know the way to San Jose?
  19. Am I boring you?
  20. Is this person bothering you?
  21. Have you noticed, when it rains, your mouth fills with water?
  22. Does my bum look big in this?
  23. Are you stupid or something?
  24. Will you give me a divorce?
  25. Would this be a good set of quiz questions; can you match the question to the asker?
  26. How many … does it take to change a lightbulb?
  27. How long is a piece of string?
  28. Can you cut it?
  29. Did you cheat?
  30. What’s a Googlewhack?
  31. What base is this list of 10 items in?
  32. What are the 7 steps to problem solving?
  33. What’s heavier – a pound of feathers or a pound of lead?
  34. If it’s true there is no such thing as a stupid question why is there an Ask a stupid question day?
  35. If this is the answer, what is the question?
  36. How long has this been going on?
  37. Is this a five minute argument or the full half hour?
  38. Have you seen my keys / pencil / wallet?
  39. Is it plugged in?
  40. How long have I got?
  41. What do you think you’re doing?
  42. What’s the answer to life, the universe, everything?
  43. Where is Jupiter in the night sky?
  44. Any questions?

and one more

  • How many of these questions could actually be used when debugging?