There is no way to actually determine if a question was to encourage discussion or conflict. Some state that it is easy based on the way the question is framed. However, due to the restrictive nature of HUB-PAGES, wording must be limited for the question.
One can never actually determine the intent if not considering the restriction. This is because the individual asking the question would need to state that the question was to exact discussion rather than conflict. Every individual reading the question will personally decipher it according to their own belief of purpose due to their own internal conflict.
Many individuals immediately seek a conflict because they have been trained to react this way to all discussion. Even Presidents of the USA do this when discussing personal situations. This is due to the omission of truth within the political domain.
When reading a question, the individual should not try to determine the intent of the question, but the factors outlined within the question. Seeking truth about the question without invoking personal feelings and agendas is the only way to provide a truthful answer to any question.
For example, if one were to invoke personal feelings about this question, then one could say that you were trying to encourage conflict for other questions that were asked solely to invoke discussion.
Another example would simply be that you truthfully want to know the right way to identify the reason for a question without really knowing the reason for the question.
However, chasing this type of knowledge requires more than a surface decision based on the words of a question. Especially when an individual would use personal beliefs and feelings about the subject in the question.
Questions that seek expanded information concerning a subjective situation will always be considered conflict. But, these are actually nothing more than discussion for expansion of knowledge.
And, just like those that are objective situational questions, they provide a forum for transfer of statements concerning each participating individuals personal thoughts and reactions to the statements of others.
Thus, statements and reactions in both cases results in discussion.
So, what can be considered the hidden agenda of any question that initiates discussion. I believe that no hidden agenda is applicable to any social, political, referential, theological, or scientific question asked by anyone that wishes to learn more about the situation..