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12 August 2009 @ 05:40 pm
Hypothetical question (in that the relevant conversation took place probably 10 years ago)  
Suppose someone writes something in a public forum. Anything, it doesn't really matter.

Suppose I respond by saying, "That's kind of ambiguous. I think you mean XYZ, but it could also mean UVW or even RST. Could you clarify, please?"

Suppose the person did mean XYZ.

Is that person justified in saying, "If you understood I meant XYZ, the original statement was not ambiguous and you're just showing off"?
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The Mad One: Shhh I want to finish the chaptermadfedor on August 13th, 2009 07:30 am (UTC)
This would also provide a lesson in question phrasing. Don't disclose what you think it might mean, let alone list the possible meanings you considered.

That way, if the answer you receive is "XYZ, you doofus" you will likely have some people criticizing that answer before you get a chance to.