Life is tough on AW. Non-accountants are told to ask their accountants or to engage an accountant if they don’t already have one and accountants are sent away with a flea in their ear, being told to pass the client to an accountant who knows more about the topic than they do.
When questions are asked by an accountant or tax adviser, what factors decide legitimate questions that are deserving of proper replies from the questions that get “go forth and multiply” type answers?
Here are some suggestions:
- The question is not too basic
- The questioner is not anonymous
- The answer cannot be found in two minutes of googling
- The answer has not been given umpteen times before on AW
- The questioner shows that has thought about the issue
- There is not a dearth of facts
- The question is more or less in standard English (exceptions made for people who do not have English as their first language and me)
I’m talking about members’ de facto rules not AW’s rules.