I have questions I'd like to ask on SF&F, but the problem is they're list questions. Some are for my own reference, which means they are useful to me for my writing (which is my work). Others, at least that I'm thinking of at this point, are just about comic books because friends have been suggesting I take a look into that world. These include questions like:
- Are there superheros that are created or gain powers through their own desire, instead of being born with them or having them forced on them?
- What are the more common tropes seen in the origin stories of superheros? (A result of modifying the first question.)
- Are there any superheros without angst or who enjoy what they do?
- Are there instances of Vulcans initiating armed combat?
In some cases questions like these are to find out if there's a rule (for example, Vulcans are pacifists, so does that mean they never start a conflict?).
I discussed this issue with a moderator in chat and what came out of that was that if it could be answered with a short list in one answer, it's not a list question, but if it can be answered with a number of answers, each with one or more items on a list, and encourages multiple answers to amend any lists, then it's a list question.
How can a question like the ones above, where limited examples are all that is needed, or the goal is to find out if there are exceptions to a rule, how can that question be asked in a manner that makes it something other than a list question?