Two hunters are out in the jungle when suddenly one of them collapses. His pulse is gone and his eyes are glazed. The other guy yanks out his cell phone and calls the emergency services.
He gasps, “My friend is dead! What should I do?”
The operator says “Calm down, sir. I can help. First, let’s make sure if he’s really dead.”
After few moments of silence, the operator hears a loud gunshot. Back on the phone, the guy says “OK, now what?”
The hunter was dumb but given the high adrenalin and panicky situation, the operator’s question wasn’t brilliant either, was it?
There’s some truth to the saying – the quality of your questions determine the quality of solutions. Computer programmers know this very well. They call it GIGO, i.e., garbage in garbage out.
Good question begets good answer. Bad question leads to bad answer.