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What to do with tutorial requests? -- part II

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 ...
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Rep too low to close vote? Flag it instead!

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 ...
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What to do with tutorial requests? -- part II

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 ...
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What to do with tutorial requests? -- part II

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 ...
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Why are Software Recommendation questions being closed and migrated?

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 ...
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What to do with tutorial requests? -- part II

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 ...
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Changing how we handle low-effort and tutorial-on-demand questions

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 ...
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Idea.... close votes should cost rep

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 ...
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Are we closing too many questions?

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 ...
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Is there a risk that we do not have enough community moderation with this election

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 ...
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Revisiting closure, part 2: What are good motivations for closure?

‘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 ...
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What to do with tutorial requests? -- part II

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 ...
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What are our current policies and guidelines for closing questions?

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 ...
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How should the process for mods reopening a question differ?

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 ...
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Should old question that are no longer in scope be closed?

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 ...
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Revisiting closure, part 1: Preliminaries

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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What to do with tutorial requests? -- part II

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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What to do with tutorial requests? -- part II

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: ...
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Idea.... close votes should cost rep

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 ...
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Why are Software Recommendation questions being closed and migrated?

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 ...
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Changing how we handle low-effort and tutorial-on-demand questions

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 ...
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Is there need for a third custom off-topic close reason?

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 ...
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Is there a risk that we do not have enough community moderation with this election

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 ...
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Is there a risk that we do not have enough community moderation with this election

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 ...
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What to do with tutorial requests? -- part II

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 ...
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How should the process for mods reopening a question differ?

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'...
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Revisiting closure, part 1: Preliminaries

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 ...
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Changing how we handle low-effort and tutorial-on-demand questions

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 ...
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Changing how we handle low-effort and tutorial-on-demand questions

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 ...
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Are we closing too many questions?

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 ...
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