I recently asked the question Correcting what I see as factual errors in a political discussion, and I received a few downvotes. What can I do to improve the question?
I've read your question a couple of times now, and... I'm not totally sure what you want.
Remember, the purpose of asking questions is to solve some real problem that you face, or at least a problem reasonably similar to it:
You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page.
What's the practical purpose of your question?
- Are you going back to the club?
- Are you gonna get into more discussions about emails?
- Are you considering a career as an evangelist, and figure if you can get to where you can walk into a group of Hillary-haters and convince them their key complaint about her conduct was baseless you'll have no problem converting heathens?
Right now, you're asking three different questions:
Correcting what I see as factual errors in a political discussion
That's not actually a question, it's just a title. But if I squint a bit, I could see it as a "HOWTO" sorta thing... Unfortunately, it's super broad.
Did I do anything wrong in this situation?
This is pretty specific to your exact situation, while also being pretty open-ended as to what you want. It's somewhat akin to the folks who post a thousand lines of code in a question on Stack Overflow and then say, "it doesn't work - halp?" Yes, they might get a useful answer, but they sure aren't making it easy.
Is there a way that I could have worded my correction to make it more persuasive, or at least so that it would have gotten a response other than a blank stare?
Ok, that's almost two questions in itself, but now you're at least getting close to something concrete. I gotta confess, I don't particularly like "how can I make others do something with words!" questions, but this is at least a bit softer - you'd be happy with literally any response other than the one you got.
If you can't tell, I'm kinda partial to #3 - if I was you, I'd drop the rest and focus on that. Then clean it up a bit - there's an answer there now that suggests yodeling as a way to avoid blank stares; hopefully you're not actually asking "how 2 troll IRL?" ...right?
Maybe... "How should I voice a correction in a group discussion such that others are able to consider it?"
But keep in mind what I said above: unless you have a specific goal, something you're trying to do with the answers, you're gonna have a rough time constructing a question that encourages useful answers; it's hard to fake a genuine need.
Also... As user3169 suggests in a comment, you could probably drop most of the digression as to the nature of the whole email scandal; it's not relevant, and just encourages folks to get into a debate over it here instead of helping you better debate it elsewhere.