If you have a question that may not need greater discussion and you aren't bothered to search the answer online yourself with google and the sort, you may ask it in this thread and perhaps someone who knows the answer may answer you. Possible functions would be to call out on members you may think know the answer, or perhaps you wish to ask for certain opinions about a certain topic. Personal/Impersonal, Knowledge-based, professional/non-professional, all as you wish. I myself, should not be expected to answer what questions you might have.
I am unsure if there is a thread of the same function without it's more scoped limitations towards a certain group or individual being able to answer the questions, (ask an XXXX, ask [insert member], ask member below you, etc) around the forums. If there is, perhaps a mod may merge the two.