1. the non-question: i’m so amazed at my own thoughts, i’m going to share some of them with you. there’s no question at the end of this one. guy (or gal) just keeps rambling on and on until someone finally interrupts “and your question is…?”
2. the obscure question: i should have given this lecture instead of you. therefore, i must show you up by asking how could you not mention some obscure fact that only i know about, which is key to all understanding of the topic you just discussed. no matter if it is actually tangential/irrelevant to the topic at hand—the important thing is that i know about it and you don’t.
3. the networking question: i want to work for you, therefore i must impress you with my incisive question but must also convey that I’m brilliantly talented and by the way here’s my website address. or anyone in the audience, really. i need a job.
4. the crazy question: i’m the guy (for some reason this one is always a guy) that comes to all the lectures. i’m actually retired/homeless/crazy but really interested in anything architecture (and any field in a 5-mile radius). however, since this interest is based in my crazyness, i’m going to take it THERE (cia conspiracy theories, hippie 70s nostalgia, big brother paranoia).
5. the silent question: i actually have a question, and it might even be insightful and smart. however, since I’m crazy insecure, I’m just going to just sit here quietly and then post it in my website later along with some snark (me).