Consider some hypothetical pairs of questions:
(a) As a young child I was taken meet my great uncle X who immigrated from Y in the '70s. There's nobody alive I can ask now, and I'm not sure I'm remembering his name properly -- I only heard it once. Is X a name from Y? How can I find out? And if it isn't, what might I have heard. I've tried searching with Google but without luck, especially as I don't speak Y.
(b) Is X a name from Y? I only heard it once, and haven't found anything on the Internet.
(a) My ancestors were rural copyholders in 18th century Pembrokeshire. How can I learn what day-to-day life was like for them? I've found a lot of a material online about rural England in the same period, but nothing for Wales.
(b) What was life like for a rural copyholder in 18th century Pembrokeshire?
In each case the question is in scope for this site (genealogy, family history, microhistory) but some of them are better questions than others and some may fall foul of the statement in the Help Center:
The community tends to respond better to questions that show you have already done some research (at least used a search engine or consulted a dictionary) before asking for help.
How should each version be handled? Please post your own answer and/or disagree with mine as appropriate).