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Yes, allow them. If you think it's a bad question, downvote it. If you think it's off-topic, vote to close it. If you don't like them, ignore them. I'm not going to defend low-effort questions, but I do not think they should be deemed off-topic. Here's why: High effort answers have much greater value than high effort questions. I don't have the time to ...


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A member with enough rep can click flag: and choose the appropriate notification: and it will go into the review Q for a higher rep member to vote on or a mod to look at it and decide. When a decision is made you will also get credit. Badeges are: Citizen Patrol: First flagged post Deputy: Raise 80 helpful flags Marshal: Raise 500 helpful flags


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I'm really glad this question has opened up the discussion and to see so many participating. I've intentionally waited a long time to answer because the longer I think about this, the more ambivalent I get. At first I was as annoyed as @Vincent by these lazy questions. If I saw one I could not help but roll my eyes and sigh. But after spending some time ...


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I think the main point that was missed, is that the real problem (IMHO) doesn't lie in the asker, but rather in those who answer. Obviously the low quality questions are, well, low quality and annoying, but there really isn't anything that we can do about it. I think that when a new user asks a question who isn't familiar with our site structure and a ...


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Software recommendations do have their rightful place here. Finding the right tool for the trade is equally important an issue as the tricks of the trade itself. If the question fits our subject, it should stay. I am against declaring any and all software-recommendations questions off-topic just because there is now a 'better place' we can send the askers. ...


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Thanks for directing me to this conversation Vincent, I think this is a very important topic. In general - Yes. My opinion is we definitely shouldn't be giving full on-demand tutorials on this site UNLESS the user has shown a concentrated effort to achieve what they are asking. I'm not opposed to helping a user out with getting over specific hurdles they ...


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In my opinion questions should be closed if: They cannot reasonably answered in this format (or at all). They cannot be reasonably answered by this community. The first case is usually well covered by the default close reasons, but in some case it makes sense to have a custom reason to provide guidance to the asker (such as the close reason for font-...


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I completely disagree. We want users to clean up the site. Making them give up their reputation to cast a CV makes clean up happen less often. The whole purpose of casting a CV is to say, "Hey, I think this question is off topic." If 4 more people agree, then it gets closed. If anything, we should be giving users reputation to do reviews. The problem is ...


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I believe what you're seeing is the nature of Graphic Design on the Stack Exchange platform, particularly with the very very small user base of regular members. As a result of the system, the longer we stay open the more closure there will be. There simply isn't that many unique questions that people come here for so many are duplicates. For everyone one or ...


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It's a bit difficult to answer this question without first coming to an understanding of how moderation is currently getting done... So, let's do that. Here are some statistics on various moderator actions performed during the past 365 days, separated into two columns: Moderators means people with diamonds next to their names; Community means both people ...


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‘Gimme teh codez’ This is a phrase which has been used for many years on StackOverflow especially to refer to questions which show no evidence that the asker has done anything at all to try to arrive at an answer, or at the very least a proper understanding of the problem, before asking. It is characterised by askers simply wanting full, working code that ...


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I know that some of these questions are annoying, and yes I think requiring some effort would be best. However, sometimes these come from absolute raw beginners (who may be genuine or not). Do we want to be welcoming to beginners? Is it OK to answer with a shove in the right direction, short of a full-blown tutorial? Is there no middle ground perhaps, or ...


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General rules of thumb Closure is primarily about preventing answers, not about punishing bad or lazy questions (downvotes can do this). Before you vote to close a question, always ask yourself what the problem with answers is or would be. If a question already received answers, look at them: Do they actually suffer from whatever you expect the problem to ...


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I'm the one who reopened it and I make no apologies for it. To make things clear I didn't discuss it with fellow mods or anyone else. None were on at the time or maybe I would have, but I wasn't going to wait either. The discussions have already been had. Over and over. Related Meta Discussions on Opinion Based Questions I'm struggling to figure out ...


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In general, yes. If you see something that is no longer on-topic you can vote to close it. Likewise, if you see something closed as off-topic that you think isn't you can vote to reopen it. Now, if you mean should we actively seek out these old questions. Ain't nobody got time for that!


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Tech support Are we closing too few or too many questions as tech support? How can we define tech support in a better and clearer way? How can we re-phrase the custom close reason for tech support?


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Yes. There is no problem with answering these kinds of questions, they should be upvoted when useful and answered as usual.


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Based on the views of this question as well as Why do how-to requests bother you? as well as countless older meta discussions and conversations there seems to be one specific problem that some have: The quantity of "Tutorial on Demand" questions appears to be outweighing the quantity of theory and conceptual questions. There are really only two ways to fix ...


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I disagree as well. What should cost rep and not is part of the stack model, which has proved itself adequate over many different sites. Besides the fact that it would hardly be possible to enact this change for this site only, it would be very confusing and therefore an unlikely change. The underlying problem here is the current overuse (in my opinion) of ...


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As far as I'm concerned nothing has changed and these are still on-topic as long as they're for graphic design related software. The creation of a Software Recommendation Exchange in no way diminishes questions from being on-topic here. These, and other questions, are what this site has been built on and I'm not in favor of changing it. (I speak only for ...


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I think we have two issues: Our close reasons are too similar and open to interpretation People too liberally using Close Vote when a Downvote would suffice In 2015 we got rid of "Brainstorming" as a close reason for "No Effort" I'm not sure if this was the right decision. Now I think perhaps we should have gotten rid of Brainstorm and not replaced it. ...


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There's so much talk these days of what's on topic, and what's off topic. While it would be nice to tell lazy people to go away, that's what we're here for. That's what I'm here for anyways. We ALL are human can get burned out. Take a week, take two, take a month even. But to me a lot of the talk is more an issue of people getting question fatigue. I've ...


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I'm very hesitant to post anything regarding how this site is run..... But... I'll add this.... It's great to have at least one moderator that will be around at given time periods in general -- you know.. one West Coast US, one East Coast US, one UK or Europe, maybe 2 Europe or 1 Asia.... just to cover time zones really. As a member just short of actual ...


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It's a valid concern and you're right, moderators shouldn't have to hammer things closed and the community should be able to close and edit and do most "moderating" type stuff on their own... but we have to work with what we have. If there is a genuine problem with a lack of community moderation then we need to work on that, but not electing new moderators ...


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I'm going to say guidance is necessary. First, I agree with the points made by Billy Kerr and zeethreepio. The answer shouldn't be a flat No, but we do need to know where to draw the line. I want to make a specific point to add on to what these guys have said. Tutorial questions give new users a chance to gain rep. As a new user here myself (5 months as of ...


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We mods understand that it's no fun to overturn y'all's decisions. Especially if five high-rep users gave their opinions, it kind of defeats the point of the 'self-moderation' of this community. That's why we don't like using this tool often, if at all. It has come to our attention, however, that reviewers regularly are voting to close questions that, even ...


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Basic Paradigms What’s our general goal when closing questions? When should individual users vote to close? Do we want to close questions because they have a low quality? Do we want to close questions because we do not like them? Do we want to close questions because answers to them pose a problem? Do we want to both close questions and still answer them ...


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As of today, we deactivated the off-topic reason 'no effort': If you're asking for help with implementation, please include what you've tried and why it didn't work with screenshots. Please edit your post with what your desired results are, what resources you referenced and why those didn't work. See this meta post for discussion and see this post on how ...


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First, I agree that there is a lack of voting and an overuse of close votes/flags. Seeing questions with multiple close votes and no downvotes makes no sense to me. If a question is poorly written or researched, downvote it. It should only be closed if it is specifically off-topic (or too broad or unclear). Personally I don't see much practical value in the ...


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Yes. There are more close votes. And Yes.. there are more poor quality questions. There's been an influx of users, which is great. But the quality of questions has taken a dip lately with many of them asking for complete tutorials or basic Adobe 101 questions (which are only loosely design related). Many questions show absolutely zero effort. In fact, a ...


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