Why is replying to a question with a question perceived as offensive somehow? This is a phenomenon that keeps coming up here in discussions: Someone asks something, the other poster replies with a counterquestion, and the first poster replies with something like "I see you're not interested in discussion," "First answer my question" or some other expression of dissatisfaction. This can happen even if one explains why one is asking a question in reply to a question. Why is that? Why not presume that the person has a good reason for asking a question in reply to a question?