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Thank you for pointing out the older question. I'd stress older - it was posted in 2012. What we consider acceptable has evolved quite a bit since then. However, both questions straddle the line between "legal advice" and "seeking recommendations", both of which are off-topic here. The older question has been closed and locked (due to its ...


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It's probably been down-voted for the reason that you've identified: you want to start a discussion. The question-and-answer format of Stack Exchange isn't good for a general discussion. Questions do best when they are focused on a specific problem.


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Unfortunately, I don't have any hard data on this. I'm not sure if it's possible to build something in the Data Explorer to get some actual data on questions that have been turned around by editing, but it would be important to realize that not all questions are salvageable, even if people try. Getting data may be difficult. I will address the editing versus ...


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There are several reasons why questions may attract downvotes and close votes. In my observation, the reason you mentioned ("it isn't clear what the question is asking") fits only to a small subset of them. For the majority of questions it is mostly clear what they are about. That does not mean, however, downvotes and close votes to them are ...


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