I have concluded that the answer to my earlier meta question about closing questions is 'yes, we are closing too many questions'. Anyone who has seen the Close Vote queue lately will agree that a lot of questions are being nominated for closing. I also see a lot of questions attracting close votes for the weirdest, incomprehensible reasons.
For example from the current review queue:
Why do my logos lose clear edges quality when uploaded? - Why is this being closed for lack of effort?
My text won't center in Dreamweaver (using bootstrap) - The person says what they tried and included it, but people are voting to close it for no effort.
Both are things I'd like to change. Closing questions is frustrating for the asker and annoying to the users who can vote to close. It scares both new and existing users away.
I'd like to propose to get rid of the off-topic reason 'If you're asking for help with implementation, please [show us what you've tried]'. In my opinion, this is one of the most ill-used close reasons. As BESW stated recently in chat:
Failure to do research is a downvote reason, not a close reason.
I'd like to add to that:
Failure to show what you've done is a downvote reason, not a close reason.
Of course, the lazy 'tutorial-on-demand' and the incomprehensible questions still need closing. But we have two default reasons for those: 'too broad' and 'unclear what you are asking', respectively.
The 'tutorial-on-demand' questions I'm talking about are the ones that give an image and ask 'how to do this effect in X'. If the answer would be more than a few paragraphs' worth of tutorial, then it should be closed as too broad. Case in point: the 'too broad' reason reads, in part: 'good answers would be too long for this format'.
If a question has so little info that you are unsure what the asker wants, then leave a comment and downvote. If they are so bad that you can't make heads nor tails of it, vote to close with 'unclear what you're asking'.
In short, TL;DR:
- We get rid of the 'low-effort' off-topic close reason;
- Downvote low-effort questions instead of voting to close. Remember to leave a comment on how the Q can be improved. Or edit it yourself.
- 'Tutorial-on-demand' questions can be closed as 'too broad';
- Questions unclear because of their brevity should be closed as 'unclear what you're asking';
Since 'low-effort' is one of the three custom off-topic close reasons we have, we now would have one to spare. I'm open to suggestions on what to do with it. That is a discussion for another time, however, and I will create a meta post about that if and when the time comes.
I'd like your input on this. I'd like to see some changes implemented with backing from you people. So opinions, both in writing and in votes, are appreciated.
Edit: I'd like to take action following this question and its replies. To give everyone who has on opinion the time to voice it, I'll set a deadline of Friday, July 29th. After that, I'll start doing things based on what I've read here and discussed with you all.