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I have two questions that recently received one down-vote each. They receive both up and down votes occasionally, but they now stand with a score of zero.

How can I improve them so they get more up-votes than down-votes?

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Include the Python code you tried before asking. – Bill the Lizard Jul 30 '13 at 15:58
My concern is that you've asked questions similar to this before, and after getting feedback from this, as well as reading the FAQ and Help, you should know to include code and show what you've tried before posting. I've looked through your questions, and maybe one, two tops, show any real effort. – LittleBobbyTables Jul 30 '13 at 16:13
Shame on you @CodyGray, "two two Python3 questions" :D – Old Checkmark Aug 1 '13 at 7:58
up vote 6 down vote accepted

You need to show that you have at least attempted to solve the question yourself. As it stands, your questions are thinly veiled gimme-teh-codez questions, mere specifications of functionality desired.

Even if you didn't manage to write any code, sharing your research and how that failed to solve your problem would help us help you much better, and makes your question much more valuable to future visitors.

Quoting from the Stack Overflow How to Ask help page:

Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before asking your question? Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us what you found and why it didn’t meet your needs. This demonstrates that you’ve taken the time to try to help yourself, it saves us from reiterating obvious answers, and above all, it helps you get a more specific and relevant answer!

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