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I have recently come across quite a few questions like this one [now 10K only] where all I see is:

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    <h2>Header Level 2</h2>

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    <pre><code>
    #header h1 a { 
        display: block; 
        width: 300px; 
        height: 80px; 
    }
    </code></pre>

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Are we expected to go through stuff like that?

I have just been downvoting and voting to close as "too localized".
Is that the proper procedure?

gibberish code came from here

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I find it somewhat amusing that people are freaking out over fake sandbox credentials on that question. OMG you're letting people login to a test that doesn't do anything! –  animuson Dec 7 '12 at 17:50

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up vote 18 down vote accepted

Downvote, flag or vote to close as "Not A Real Question":

It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form. For help clarifying this question so that it can be reopened, see the FAQ.

A question that only contains a block of code is too vague and incomplete.

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Yes, "too localized" is more for when the problem is defined, but it's just not applicable to anyone but the OP. NaRQ is for when the problem just plain isn't defined, like in the example question. –  animuson Dec 7 '12 at 17:46
    
@MikeB why does it necessarily have to be deleted? –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 7 '12 at 17:52
    
@MikeB: Closing is not the same thing as deleting. A closed question can be improved and re-opened. –  Martijn Pieters Dec 7 '12 at 17:52
    
@MikeB I did not flag. I voted to close. Big difference. –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 7 '12 at 17:53
    
@MikeB: Flagging to close as NaRQ is not the same thing as asking a moderator to delete it either. I updated my answer to clarify the verb 'flag'; it's 'flag or vote' (depending on your retputation). –  Martijn Pieters Dec 7 '12 at 17:56
    
@MartijnPieters The 'or' edit changes everything :) –  Mike B Dec 7 '12 at 17:56
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@MikeB: Why does it? Flagging just asks a moderator to close the question. Flagging as NARQ does not mean it'll be deleted. –  Martijn Pieters Dec 7 '12 at 17:59
    
@MartijnPieters The overlapping meanings is what confuses me. I have enough reputation to do everything you said but delete questions in every circumstance. If I find a question that falls under the criteria described by OP I don't see the point in performing 3 actions (downvote, close-vote, and flag). Downvote if the question has hope through edits, close-vote if its a duplicate or if it needs to be deleted in a timely-manner (low quality posts) and flag if I think it needs immediate deletion. I don't know why I'd downvote just to have the 2 reputation returned to me in a couple hrs. –  Mike B Dec 7 '12 at 18:05
    
@MartijnPieters "Flagging just asks a moderator to close the question. Flagging as NARQ does not mean it'll be deleted"* - So under what circumstance would I vote to close a question AND NOT flag it as well if they both result in the question being closed? –  Mike B Dec 7 '12 at 18:07
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@MikeB: You rarely need to flag anything for immediate deletion. A NaRQ is usually not a candidate for immediate deleting. I included 'flag' as an option for those that do not have the reputation to vote instead. –  Martijn Pieters Dec 7 '12 at 18:09

I personally would close as "not a real question" but to each his own i suppose.

There are some code-heavy questions that actually have merit, but if you can't find the merit before you get knee-deep in code, than I'd say you're perfectly justified in voting to close.

You should never have to go through someone's code to figure out what the requirement is. As much as new users like to tell you "the code explains it all" it normally doesn't do so very clearly, and that kind of question is to be discouraged.


oh, and leave a constructive comment too. You can at least give new users a chance to improve.

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Another common problem is that the code might demonstrate their problem quite clearly, but also demonstrate half a dozen other significant problems so you wouldn't know which to address in an answer. –  Servy Dec 7 '12 at 17:48

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