23 votes

Should we kindly explain the basic stuff, or rudely close the question?

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 ...
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Should we kindly explain the basic stuff, or rudely close the question?

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 ...
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Why can't we raise up questions quality?

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 ...
12 votes

Should we kindly explain the basic stuff, or rudely close the question?

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 ...
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8 votes

Should we kindly explain the basic stuff, or rudely close the question?

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 ...
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Should I downvote/close a question which I don't understand while it looks clear?

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 ...
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Why can't we raise up questions quality?

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 ...
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Should I downvote/close a question which I don't understand while it looks clear?

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, ...
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6 votes

Negatively scored questions should be more aggressively hidden from the homepage

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 ...
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5 votes

How is asking, "Is there formal terminology for storage of key value pairs?" an opinion based question?

Unfortunately, there is often no universally, or even widely accepted, term for many concepts in software engineering. Even with projects like the IEEE Computer Society and ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC7 (the ISO'...
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Question got closed citing that it requests for "customer support"

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 ...
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Why was my answer about drivers downvoted?

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 ...
4 votes

New question starts at -1?

I'm pretty certain there was not enough time for anyone to downvote it. Well, you are wrong. :) New questions pop up on in the news feed immediately, and there are enough people on the site for at ...
3 votes

How is asking, "Is there formal terminology for storage of key value pairs?" an opinion based question?

Why even have a "Terminology" or "Definition" tag if you can't even ask for "formal terminology" without it being considered "Opinion Based"? Our community ...
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Does asking a question perceived as too broad warrant a down-vote / close-vote, without discussion?

I regularly downvote questions that are too broad so that, when they get closed, I've helped the question gather three downvotes so that I can apply my delete vote right away. This wouldn't be ...
1 vote

Should we kindly explain the basic stuff, or rudely close the question?

Although we want to encourage questions and usage of the site, we still have to keep in mind that this is a site that deals with a particular profession. Explaining is good up to a point. We know ...
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Should we kindly explain the basic stuff, or rudely close the question?

Though you should never be rude, it is very easy to not bother. The reason for this is that quite a few people asking strange questions really believe that their misunderstood position is correct and ...
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