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As far as these types of questions go, I find that the people who ask them fall into one or both of the following (and many times that one leads to another): They are in over their head. This happens when someone with little to no experience gets thrust into a large project outside of their realm of expertise. Like when Bill from accounting who wrote an ...


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IMHO a question which is not off-topic per se, but based on a wrong understanding, false assumption or premise, deserves a comment to give the OP a chance to edit it, or at least an explanation for the downvotes he gets. In the given case, there were already some comments revealing the misunderstanding, however there could have been an additional warning ...


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Part of it is trash questions, but there is also questions that are not in scope. Right now the scope is detailed in Help -> Help Center -> What topics can I ask here? Is it there? Yes. Is it good enough? Not really. If it were.. well then gnat's life wouldn't be as hard as it is. That really isn't programmer's fault, thats just how all of SE is. It ...


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I agree that being kind is nicer than being rude, but this does not mean that I should abstain from voting. When a question is put “on hold”, that is not necessarily rude. It is an opportunity to improve and then reopen the question. Comments can be used to help OP clarify the question. Our close reasons try to explain why the question (in its current form) ...


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In the case where you are lacking the knowledge needed to fully understand the subject matter, do nothing. It could be clear, it could not be. There's no need to reduce the reputation of a user or kick something to a queue if you can't be sure. If you understand the subject matter, I wouldn't vote to close or downvote immediately. I'd recommend asking ...


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A big part of the problem is that Programmers gets a large number of off-topic posts by people who have not read the FAQ, but think that any computer-related question which does not belong on SO should come here. I tend not to downvote these questions anymore, but that is since I can now vote to close, which is even cheaper.


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Questions that are based on a false premise or understanding to where the correct understanding not only invalidates the question, but makes the answer something completely different than what was asked, should be put on hold as Unclear. An answer teaching the OP on a subject different than what they asked about, or addressing the false premise, while ...


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The question looks right. Still, I have absolutely no idea what the person is talking about. I would say do nothing. If you have no knowledge of the questions subject matter, but it looks clear, useful and you think they've done their research then don't vote and move onto the next question. You don't have to vote on every single question on the site.


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Your data is inaccurate because SEDE doesn't account for deleted questions but anyway, there are few factors worth thinking of. In the past, Programmers were getting a reasonable mix of good and bad questions related to careers, software recommendations and code reviews. Even when topicality of these was slippery, well presented questions about interesting, ...


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The biggest problem of this site is, in my opinion, that the scope of this site is subjective questions, but the line between subjective and opinion-based is very thin, and the latter has very little tolerance here. From what I see, even the questions which fall under the guidelines described in Good Subjective, Bad Subjective still get closed a lot. It is ...


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Another thing to consider is that there are asked a lot more questions on Stack Overflow. And the crew in Stack Overflow is mostly organised in smaller groups around interest areas, you have your mini-communities, which govern certain "tags". 10 most recent questions on Stack Overflow have less than 100 views combined, the most recent question at the moment ...


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You are asking the SE community why a specific vendor (in this case Google) made a decision to favor tool X over tool Y. Honestly, the community here is the wrong audience for such a question. If the Android NDK team at Goole wrote something like GCC in the NDK is now deprecated in favor of Clang. and you want to know their reasoning behind that, you ...


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Thomas, I think you are barking the wrong tree. We have a problem on our site, and that problem lies clearly in our community: It has become almost impossible to ask a question without getting one or two downvotes at least. It does not matter if it is a good question, a mediocre one or one of those "explicitly off-topic and very, very unlikely to be ...


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Allow me to illustrate with an allegory. At its inception, this site was a crime-ridden city. There was a lot of bad questions, and people didn't stick around very long to invest their time in improving it. So a posse was formed. The gangsters and crime lords were kicked out, quality was restored, and the site started growing. People still tried to post ...


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To borrow a phrase from a book title: everything is obvious, once you know the answer. A lot of the down votes are from people who can't imagine not knowing the answer or being able to easily figure it out. They vote you down because they assume you're just being lazy. There's probably not much you can do about that group of voters. Others are more ...


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I didn't down vote your answer. Some people do down vote answers to low value questions as a form of "don't encourage bad questions", but I don't think that's the case here. If you ignore the other two answers, the question can be boiled down to What's a device driver and what makes it special or different from normal code so it can control hardware? ...


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