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What is a research effort (or the lack of it)?

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As seen here - Imitating a static method

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You seemed to have failed to do any research into what this site considers "research effort" to mean. It is a very frequently discussed topic. – Servy Aug 13 '13 at 19:24
You could constructively inquire what the commenter means and how you can address his concerns. – Bart Aug 13 '13 at 19:25
@Damien This isn't a proposal; there isn't anything to disagree with. It is however a very poorly researched question. Even on meta, asking a very poorly researched question can get you downvotes. – Servy Aug 13 '13 at 19:35
@Servy good point, and looking at the question again, it does seem to be not particularly well researched. – user226423 Aug 13 '13 at 19:36
The upvote and downvote links are less than a key apart. Why do users fail to upvote good answers on numerous instances? – GLES Aug 13 '13 at 19:39
Politics? I don't think that word means what you think it means. – Oded Aug 13 '13 at 19:50
@GLES the 50% that were upvoted, some were upvoted multiple times (8 upvotes on one) - that is very good! – user226423 Aug 13 '13 at 19:52

Googling static method python brings up this as the first result:

Static methods in Python?

which your question is a duplicate of.

There's some room for debate on what constitutes a lack of research effort, but I think it's pretty clear that posting a duplicate of a question which comes up as the first result for the most obvious Google search you could perform constitutes a lack of research effort.

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@GLES Which is relevant how? – Mark Amery Aug 13 '13 at 19:48
@GLES Wrong how? – Mark Amery Aug 13 '13 at 19:49
@GLES then answer the older one with a correct answer – user226423 Aug 13 '13 at 19:49
Had enough of Stack Overflow. I'll only use Google now. But I'll still say that "Google this, Google that" is not the reason why Stack Overflow came into being - 1. 2. 3. – GLES Aug 13 '13 at 20:01
Oh come on @GLES. It's one response, to one question, which was a duplicate. Just improve your questions and move on. – Bart Aug 13 '13 at 20:02
@GLES The fact that you weren't using Google before now is exactly the problem. Neither is a replacement for the other. Both augment each other. If you're not using both, you're doin' it wrong. You should be using Google, and other resources available to you, to try to find solutions to your problems. If you fail to find a solution, after extensive research, then you ask a question on SO, so that the next person doesn't need to ask, they'll find the results in Google. You skipped the first (and most important) step. The community responded properly and downvoted. – Servy Aug 13 '13 at 20:06
@GLES - FYI, you can find instructions for having your account deleted here‌​. – Jack Maney Aug 13 '13 at 20:26

You should always try to find the answer to your question first by yourself. Doing this is called Research effort. This is why we require it.

You google and try to find an answer. But in case of your question I would not say that this was a total lack of research effort, but you could have found the answer if you put more effort in the research.

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You think his question was well researched? I...disagree – Servy Aug 13 '13 at 19:25
I agree with you, but Google results show up Stack Overflow links - so basically this suggests that SO is the new Google :) which is a good thing - right? – GLES Aug 13 '13 at 19:28
No it was not well researched. But I would not say it was a total lack of research. The user added code and asked if that was the correct way to go. – juergen d Aug 13 '13 at 19:29
Putting the question, word for word, that the OP used, brings up, as the first result, a page of the python docs that goes into some detail about the topic. – Servy Aug 13 '13 at 19:29
I wonder why nobody voted-to-close if the case is so clear ;) – juergen d Aug 13 '13 at 19:34
This explains what, but not why. I fixed that for you. – Robert Harvey Aug 13 '13 at 19:49
@GLES If So is the new Google we would be a Search Engine... – Michael Grubey Aug 14 '13 at 7:44

Research effort is an indication of how much research the questioner performed before asking their question. Specifically, what have you tried, what you sought out and what you tried again.

Perhaps in your case, you could look up/research Python static methods and write what you did not understand from that research in your question.

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