I recently asked a question which recieved some attention. But was closed as off-topic (Shopping question).

Basically my question is about training or which steps I can take to become a good advisor. As a "good advisor" is not clearly defined I tried to provide some skills I thought he/she should have. But I might have then lean into a shopping question.

I would appreciate further guidance on how to rewrite the question to keep it open and address my point.

A user suggested to split the question in two. I think that questions would be:

  • What skills should (ideally) a good advisor have?
    Which I think is a shopping question, and
  • How to acquire the skills needed on to become a good advisor.

But before doing so I though better to discuss it here.

  • The votes are in favour of splitting the question?
    – llrs
    Feb 16, 2018 at 15:36

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The advice to split a question is always good advice, but in this case the split questions still do not work well. Both the questions What skills should (ideally) a good advisor have and How to acquire the skills needed on to become a good advisor seem like they lead to lots of answers with one, or more, skills/ways of obtaining them and each answer will be equally valid. This is often what we refer to as a shopping question. I am not sure the topic works for the SE model.

  • I agree, but then how I split the question in new meaningful questions?
    – llrs
    Feb 16, 2018 at 15:40
  • There are some questions for which there does not exist a suitable way of asking on Stack Exchange. How do I become really good at [broad role]? is one of them. What [property] does a [broad type of object] need? is another.
    – Nij
    Feb 16, 2018 at 23:00
  • These aren't even shopping questions though, they're just straight-up TB.
    – Nij
    Feb 16, 2018 at 23:02

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