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Sorry, but I strongly disagree. By putting all the cheap stuff found on eBay and Amazon or other "non reputable" sources into the same thrash bin is judgemental and heavily penalizes low-income hobbyists, especially those in developing countries. I still remember when I disassembled old TV sets to get scrap components when I was a young boy. If I had had ...


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I completely understand your position but disagree. I don't see why those of like mind can't simply ignore the question if it's of no interest. Championing the active prevention of the posting and answering of what are most certainly widely useful answers for the stated reasons seems heavy-handed in a central-planning sort of way. If there was a 'hobby' ...


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I support moving to a three close vote (if SE will allow it). The close review que has been hovering from 100-200 questions that need to be reviewed for quite sometime (at least 6 months) which means we have too many question that need to be reviewing or not enough people that review. Moving to three votes would make reviewing much more effective. I believe ...


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I partially agree with your sentiment, but I disagree on a few points: As a Q&A site, our goal should be to share our knowledge with 'the internet', so in principle whatever we share could be beneficial to someone. We shouldn't be judgemental of what their reasons could be. The lack of documentation could also be caused by obsolescence or any other ...


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Nobody has a inherent right to post here. Interestingly, the site founder(s) would seem to disagree. Logging out, one sees the banner: Bad English is still annoying Regarding English, shouldn't it be "an inherent right"? I didn't mention the user I quoted as this is a general remark against these ideas.


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I agree with OP, I think OP is the best. Let's do it! But seriously, this answer is here so that people who agree can upvote, and those who disagree can downvote.


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An interesting factor is that most of the vigilantes here either Cannot tell a zombie from a person who does not use English as their primary language Can sometimes tell but would much the rather kick them down the stairs or demand that they grovel than admit that the primary problem is a language one, and may be as much the vigilantes blinkered ...


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If it needs to be closed, it needs to be closed. The questions can always be reopened.


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Cheap (and often undocummented well) stuff from popular online marketplaces is not neccesseraly crap. More expensive brand name goods are usually just a better probability it's not crap (just have a look at some errata pages in the popular datasheets). BUT too often the only way to find out if the noname stuff is of poor quality and not clear how to deal ...


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Perhaps I should ... give the OP a day or two to comply. Absolutely not! There is a good chance you'll forget to come back and vote to close. There is no mechanism within SE for a reminder. It noises up the site and dissipates volunteer energy. It's fine to tell the OP what you think is wrong, but it's important that bad questions get closed as quickly ...


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When I was a 3k user, I didn't have a grace period policy. Grace period would naturally occur because it takes 5x users to close-vote a question. Then I became a moderator, and my vote closes the question immediately. So, I post a comment asking the O.P. to demonstrate his initial efforts to solve the problem. A few hour grace period follows. [earlier ...


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The close menu is pretty bad. Sometimes the "unclear" option is the most convenient, but not the most accurate or precise.


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A question is unclear when it lacks the necessary information to discern the goal or the necessary details of the requirement to enable a good answer. It's not just that the example you picked is an unattempted assignment of a severely underspecified problem, the asker also failed to meaningfully respond to the queries about why squaring was needed and why ...


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You answered your own question. The fact that we end up with fewer bad questions than SF and that we are tougher on them suggests that this is both working and and useful. I'm not on SF, so I can't compare the two sites. My impression of SE compared to physics, photography, and the great outdoors is that we get more crappy questions here as a fraction of ...


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I think that so far the system has worked, even though I suppose it made a few victims. And there is also the never-ending debate whether we should be friendlier or more strict. Probably the fact that there are fewer users than on other sites helped, too. (Perhaps also the reverse is true)


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Your write up only explores one aspect of the question posted in the title. Perhaps you should explore the flip side of the coin. Has the attitudes here towards questions adversely or positively attracted good questions? I for one see a great diminishment of good questions. I'm not certain where the lack of questions originates from, but certainly the ...


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To answer your question generally, and without referring to that specific question you've linked to: Questions are voted as 'Unclear' when 5 regular members (or 1 moderator) of this site think that it's unclear enough to be closed. That's it. There is no committee meeting, no magical formula. If circumstances change (perhaps the question gets edited ...


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That's the standard reason we use when it turns out to be a homework problem, as the OP finally admitted. We require that the OP show the progress he's made toward a solution, and when that is not provided, the question is incomplete, and therefore "unclear".


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It might be better to ask a question like "Why is it a bad idea to buy crap from e-bay." in the forum, and have people answer it well so you can cross-post that in those type of questions. That way it is more edu-ma-cational... Actually there are a few "often up" questions like that. We could really do with a common library question pages. Like... "500 ...


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