My question is about a sentence that I found in another SE site's help center, and I'm genuinely befuddled because I am having a hard time understanding how many ways the word "actual" can function in this sentence, and if that can lead to different interpretations.
While I'm a native English speaker and haven't successfully learned any other language, I regularly find sentences that leave me puzzled because I simply fail to understand how words work in certain situations.
This Space SE meta question (for background only) begins:
The help center's What types of questions should I avoid asking? says near the top that:
You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face.
I'm trying to understand how as written this sentence applies to problems that I am actually facing. In other words, if I ask the following:
- Is my question based on an actual problem
- Is my question based on something that I am actually facing (as apposed to just thinking about hypothetically)
- both: Is my question based on an actual problem that I am actually facing
Which of those questions have to have "yes" as their answer before a literal reading of the sentence in the help center is satisfied?