Arbital query

When a reader has a spe­cific ques­tion or ob­jec­tion, they can click on the “New ques­tion/​ob­jec­tion” but­ton to cre­ate a query mark. As they type the text of their ques­tion/​ob­jec­tion, Ar­bital will dy­nam­i­cally match it with pos­si­ble an­swers. If none of those an­swers work, the reader can sub­mit their query, and Ar­bital will no­tify the page au­thors. Just like with all marks, the reader’s name won’t be shown, but the au­thors will be able to see a snap­shot of the user’s req­ui­sites.

A few ex­am­ples:

  • “The World Bank fore­casts that 702.1 mil­lion peo­ple were liv­ing in ex­treme poverty in 2015.” A po­ten­tial ques­tion a reader might have: “Why can’t we solve poverty by print­ing lots of money and giv­ing it to poor peo­ple?”

  • “Given the cur­rent eco­nomic model, built on GDP, it would take 100 years to bring the world’s poor­est up to the pre­vi­ous poverty line of $1.25 a day.” A po­ten­tial ob­jec­tion a reader might have: “Pre­dict­ing poverty re­duc­tion rate based on GDP, es­pe­cially 100 years out, is ab­surd.”

Re­solv­ing a query

There are sev­eral ways to re­solve a query:

  1. Edit the page. A few ways to do this:

  • Edit the rele­vant part of page to make it more clear.

  • A small change like adding a link or mov­ing some text around might work.

  • Ad­ding a re­quire­ment for the page.

  1. Con­nect the query to a new or ex­ist­ing ques­tion.

  • The query owner won’t be no­tified un­til that ques­tion has at least one an­swer.

  1. Dis­miss the query if it’s non­sen­si­cal.

If you aren’t sure what to do, just leave the query for other au­thors to fix.