I've actually found that on this list questions, even putatively dumb
ones, are well respected, for the most part. It's answers, or factual
statements, that are subject to gunplay. So, there's a simple
rhetorical trick: If you don't want to be in the shootout, take
anything you imagine to be a factual statement and craft into a
question, or call it a speculative statement in need of verification.
Then throw it up in the air and stand back. It works, I think. ;-)