Recently there was a supplement question about the differences between two versions of the same product. While I don't have any problems with questions about supplements (I just bought Soya Proteins and Nathan called me stupid :P), but this question is very localized to this specific brand.
I've been using Maximuscle Promax for a while now whilst focusing on increasing my strength and size and it's been great.
I'm trying to focus now on losing fat and just maintaining my size and strength and am considering trying Maximuscle Promax Diet to help with this. I'm not really sure what the differences are between these products though, and whether there are any downsides to moving onto the diet version.
The question tells me nothing about what the content of each product is. So it expects me to research the difference in composition and effect myself (assuming this info is even available online) and it kills the usefulness of the question for anyone with a similar question. Why? Because it might just be the difference between Whey Proteins and Soya Proteins, which can be generalized between brands, but now this difference is hidden behind brand names.
A similar example was this question about debunking claims from Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice [note the quote is from the first revision]:
I'm reading VENUS ON FIRE, MARS ON ICE: Hormonal Balance - The key to Life, Love and Energy the author suggests eating several foods for hormonal balance and longevity of life. However he is also suggesting that you buy his products to get these foods. I want to know if there is any real scientific evidence of the claims made about the foods and supliments he suggests, or if he is just peddling his own wares.
The question doesn't state anywhere what foods are having what supposed effect. Luckily the user followed up on the comments and added this information later.
Another example would be Hay diet's effectiveness, that doesn't explain at all how the diet is supposed to work:
Does the Hay diet (essentially not mixing protein based food with carbohydrate based foods in the same meal) actually produce good results? Are such restrictions unhealthy or excessive?
Granted, most of the above questions are pretty poor in themselves, which could be fixed by editing the question. However there's a difference between fixing spelling errors and rephrasing parts of the question to make it more clear and having to completely rewrite the question. As Nathan points out on chat we want the question to be general enough so it doesn't apply to just one specific brand, but specific enough to be actually answerable.
So I'm wondering how can we help explain these users how they should change their question to be more effective and what should we do if they refuse to do so?