I have seen posts where the OP states a problem, and it is closed as being unclear.
As an engineer, I've been trained to "State the Problem." A question does not necessarily need to be answered the way it was asked.
To me, a problem is a "more open" question than an open ended question.
Q: Do you know what the speed limit is?
Problem: May pain level is very high and it slows me down!
This is not a question. It does not have an answer. It has multiple solutions. Perhaps, the question should be: How can I stop my Pain? Or it could be: How do I work faster? It could also be: Can you give me more time to complete the task?
So, can anyone explain to me the difference between a Problem Statement and Asking a Question?