My point is that it is a question whether intended or not. Using negatives can sometimes result in saying something unintended.
"Don't we all ?" is also a question. Although some use it as a sarcatic comment.
If this forum is about correct usage then this issue should be sorted.
My point, and my last word, is that questions need question marks when in text form.
For the second time, Kiwi watcher, please read this extract from the forum Posting Guidelines:
If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post.
Also, for at least the third time, do not leave a space before a question mark.
NOT A TEACHER
If folk on here are learning to speak English then it should be done correctly from the start.
Often people use rhoterical questions because they are not bold enough to say what they really mean, and make what they mean to be a comment, by leaving it open ended . This leads to the listener/ reader not knowing what was intended. English should be clear, and if a statement is what is intended then a question should not be asked. Doesn't it, is question whether or not an answer is expected or not .
Kiwi watcher, if your next post does not state that you are not a teacher, you will be placed in moderation.
You have repeatedly failed to take note of the requests made under the forum guidelines.
Thanks for the replies.
I wasn't at all clear in my original posting and this led to the impression that I'd heard the statement spoken, it was in fact written. Ultimately, if I hadn't been rushed, I could have made the question much simpler by asking whether a question mark would always be required when writing the phrase "Doesn't everybody".