(While we are at it.) - yes, I did not bump it (that was by an answer edit!) Introduced abbr. "WHYT" (as it is used in an answer and may or may become official)
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Statistics

The usage of "what you tried" (WHYT) is growing (v2)

In Q1 of 2012 - 0.0134 such comments per question (~1.33%) 
In Q2 of 2012 - 0.0167 such comments per question (~1.66%)
In Q3 of 2012 - 0.0169 such comments per question (~1.68%)
In Q4 of 2012 - 0.0193 such comments per question (~1.92%)
In Q1 of 2013 - 0.0223 such comments per question (~2.22%)

The vast majority of these questions need serious help.


  

Unfortunately, There is a growing trend towards abuse

Unfortunately, there is a growing trend towards abuse

Along with the good, comes some bad -- as usual in life.

These comments are bad when

  • Posting "what have you tried" multiple times per question is severely obnoxious
  • Posting "what have you tried" when the user has clearly shown that they have tried to solve it on their own

It is becoming increasingly common to see "what have you tried?" comments in these scenarios.

Some examples

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Workarounds

Workarounds

Flagging Comments - It is considered a good thing to be liberal with comment flagging -- that helps us clean up after the fact. "Too Chatty" is a no-brainer here.

Unfortunately, that only cleans up after the damage has been done.

All signs point toward the continued increase of the trend of using "what have you tried" comments.

I spend a lot of time editing and cleaning up bad questions. This trend came up on my radar toward the end of last year and it is getting worse. So, I thought at the very least that I'd raise some awareness.

Statistics

The usage of "what you tried" is growing (v2)

In Q1 of 2012 - 0.0134 such comments per question (~1.33%) 
In Q2 of 2012 - 0.0167 such comments per question (~1.66%)
In Q3 of 2012 - 0.0169 such comments per question (~1.68%)
In Q4 of 2012 - 0.0193 such comments per question (~1.92%)
In Q1 of 2013 - 0.0223 such comments per question (~2.22%)

The vast majority of these questions need serious help.


 

Unfortunately, There is a growing trend towards abuse

Along with the good, comes some bad -- as usual in life.

These comments are bad when

  • Posting "what have you tried" multiple times per question is severely obnoxious
  • Posting "what have you tried" when the user has clearly shown that they have tried to solve it on their own

It is becoming increasingly common to see "what have you tried?" comments in these scenarios.

Some examples

enter image description here

enter image description here

enter image description here


 

Workarounds

Flagging Comments - It is considered a good thing to be liberal with comment flagging -- that helps us clean up after the fact. "Too Chatty" is a no-brainer here.

Unfortunately, that only cleans up after the damage has been done.

All signs point toward the continued increase of the trend of using "what have you tried" comments.

I spend a lot of time editing and cleaning up bad questions. This trend came up on my radar toward the end of last year and it is getting worse. So, I thought at the very least that I'd raise some awareness.

Statistics

The usage of "what you tried" (WHYT) is growing (v2)

In Q1 of 2012 - 0.0134 such comments per question (~1.33%)
In Q2 of 2012 - 0.0167 such comments per question (~1.66%)
In Q3 of 2012 - 0.0169 such comments per question (~1.68%)
In Q4 of 2012 - 0.0193 such comments per question (~1.92%)
In Q1 of 2013 - 0.0223 such comments per question (~2.22%)

The vast majority of these questions need serious help.

 

Unfortunately, there is a growing trend towards abuse

Along with the good, comes some bad -- as usual in life.

These comments are bad when

  • Posting "what have you tried" multiple times per question is severely obnoxious
  • Posting "what have you tried" when the user has clearly shown that they have tried to solve it on their own

It is becoming increasingly common to see "what have you tried?" comments in these scenarios.

Some examples

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Workarounds

Flagging Comments - It is considered a good thing to be liberal with comment flagging -- that helps us clean up after the fact. "Too Chatty" is a no-brainer here.

Unfortunately, that only cleans up after the damage has been done.

All signs point toward the continued increase of the trend of using "what have you tried" comments.

I spend a lot of time editing and cleaning up bad questions. This trend came up on my radar toward the end of last year and it is getting worse. So, I thought at the very least that I'd raise some awareness.

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Statistics

The usage of "what you tried" is growingThe usage of "what you tried" is growing (v2v2)

In Q1 of 2012 - 0.0134 such comments per question (~1.33%) 
In Q2 of 2012 - 0.0167 such comments per question (~1.66%)
In Q3 of 2012 - 0.0169 such comments per question (~1.68%)
In Q4 of 2012 - 0.0193 such comments per question (~1.92%)
In Q1 of 2013 - 0.0223 such comments per question (~2.22%)

The vast majority of these questions need serious help.


Unfortunately, There is a growing trend towards abuse

Along with the good, comes some bad -- as usual in life.

These comments are bad when

  • Posting "what have you tried" multiple times per question is severely obnoxious
  • Posting "what have you tried" when the user has clearly shown that they have tried to solve it on their own

It is becoming increasingly common to see "what have you tried?" comments in these scenarios.

Some examples

enter image description here

enter image description here

enter image description here


Workarounds

Flagging Comments - It is considered a good thing to be liberal with comment flagging -- that helps us clean up after the fact. "Too Chatty" is a no-brainer here.

Unfortunately, that only cleans up after the damage has been done.

All signs point toward the continued increase of the trend of using "what have you tried" comments.

I spend a lot of time editing and cleaning up bad questions. This trend came up on my radar toward the end of last year and it is getting worse. So, I thought at the very least that I'd raise some awareness.

Statistics

The usage of "what you tried" is growing (v2)

In Q1 of 2012 - 0.0134 such comments per question (~1.33%) 
In Q2 of 2012 - 0.0167 such comments per question (~1.66%)
In Q3 of 2012 - 0.0169 such comments per question (~1.68%)
In Q4 of 2012 - 0.0193 such comments per question (~1.92%)
In Q1 of 2013 - 0.0223 such comments per question (~2.22%)

The vast majority of these questions need serious help.


Unfortunately, There is a growing trend towards abuse

Along with the good, comes some bad -- as usual in life.

These comments are bad when

  • Posting "what have you tried" multiple times per question is severely obnoxious
  • Posting "what have you tried" when the user has clearly shown that they have tried to solve it on their own

It is becoming increasingly common to see "what have you tried?" comments in these scenarios.

Some examples

enter image description here

enter image description here

enter image description here


Workarounds

Flagging Comments - It is considered a good thing to be liberal with comment flagging -- that helps us clean up after the fact. "Too Chatty" is a no-brainer here.

Unfortunately, that only cleans up after the damage has been done.

All signs point toward the continued increase of the trend of using "what have you tried" comments.

I spend a lot of time editing and cleaning up bad questions. This trend came up on my radar toward the end of last year and it is getting worse. So, I thought at the very least that I'd raise some awareness.

Statistics

The usage of "what you tried" is growing (v2)

In Q1 of 2012 - 0.0134 such comments per question (~1.33%) 
In Q2 of 2012 - 0.0167 such comments per question (~1.66%)
In Q3 of 2012 - 0.0169 such comments per question (~1.68%)
In Q4 of 2012 - 0.0193 such comments per question (~1.92%)
In Q1 of 2013 - 0.0223 such comments per question (~2.22%)

The vast majority of these questions need serious help.


Unfortunately, There is a growing trend towards abuse

Along with the good, comes some bad -- as usual in life.

These comments are bad when

  • Posting "what have you tried" multiple times per question is severely obnoxious
  • Posting "what have you tried" when the user has clearly shown that they have tried to solve it on their own

It is becoming increasingly common to see "what have you tried?" comments in these scenarios.

Some examples

enter image description here

enter image description here

enter image description here


Workarounds

Flagging Comments - It is considered a good thing to be liberal with comment flagging -- that helps us clean up after the fact. "Too Chatty" is a no-brainer here.

Unfortunately, that only cleans up after the damage has been done.

All signs point toward the continued increase of the trend of using "what have you tried" comments.

I spend a lot of time editing and cleaning up bad questions. This trend came up on my radar toward the end of last year and it is getting worse. So, I thought at the very least that I'd raise some awareness.

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#Statistics

Statistics

The usage of "what you tried" is growing (v2)

In Q1 of 2012 - 0.0134 such comments per question (~1.33%) 
In Q2 of 2012 - 0.0167 such comments per question (~1.66%)
In Q3 of 2012 - 0.0169 such comments per question (~1.68%)
In Q4 of 2012 - 0.0193 such comments per question (~1.92%)
In Q1 of 2013 - 0.0223 such comments per question (~2.22%)

The vast majority of these questions need serious help.


#Unfortunately, There is a growing trend towards abuse

Unfortunately, There is a growing trend towards abuse

Along with the good, comes some bad -- as usual in life.

These comments are bad when

  • Posting "what have you tried" multiple times per question is severely obnoxious
  • Posting "what have you tried" when the user has clearly shown that they have tried to solve it on their own

It is becoming increasingly common to see "what have you tried?" comments in these scenarios.

Some examples

enter image description here

enter image description here

enter image description here


#Workarounds

Workarounds

Flagging Comments - It is considered a good thing to be liberal with comment flagging -- that helps us clean up after the fact. "Too Chatty" is a no-brainer here.

Unfortunately, that only cleans up after the damage has been done.

All signs point toward the continued increase of the trend of using "what have you tried" comments.

I spend a lot of time editing and cleaning up bad questions. This trend came up on my radar toward the end of last year and it is getting worse. So, I thought at the very least that I'd raise some awareness.

#Statistics

The usage of "what you tried" is growing (v2)

In Q1 of 2012 - 0.0134 such comments per question (~1.33%) 
In Q2 of 2012 - 0.0167 such comments per question (~1.66%)
In Q3 of 2012 - 0.0169 such comments per question (~1.68%)
In Q4 of 2012 - 0.0193 such comments per question (~1.92%)
In Q1 of 2013 - 0.0223 such comments per question (~2.22%)

The vast majority of these questions need serious help.


#Unfortunately, There is a growing trend towards abuse

Along with the good, comes some bad -- as usual in life.

These comments are bad when

  • Posting "what have you tried" multiple times per question is severely obnoxious
  • Posting "what have you tried" when the user has clearly shown that they have tried to solve it on their own

It is becoming increasingly common to see "what have you tried?" comments in these scenarios.

Some examples

enter image description here

enter image description here

enter image description here


#Workarounds

Flagging Comments - It is considered a good thing to be liberal with comment flagging -- that helps us clean up after the fact. "Too Chatty" is a no-brainer here.

Unfortunately, that only cleans up after the damage has been done.

All signs point toward the continued increase of the trend of using "what have you tried" comments.

I spend a lot of time editing and cleaning up bad questions. This trend came up on my radar toward the end of last year and it is getting worse. So, I thought at the very least that I'd raise some awareness.

Statistics

The usage of "what you tried" is growing (v2)

In Q1 of 2012 - 0.0134 such comments per question (~1.33%) 
In Q2 of 2012 - 0.0167 such comments per question (~1.66%)
In Q3 of 2012 - 0.0169 such comments per question (~1.68%)
In Q4 of 2012 - 0.0193 such comments per question (~1.92%)
In Q1 of 2013 - 0.0223 such comments per question (~2.22%)

The vast majority of these questions need serious help.


Unfortunately, There is a growing trend towards abuse

Along with the good, comes some bad -- as usual in life.

These comments are bad when

  • Posting "what have you tried" multiple times per question is severely obnoxious
  • Posting "what have you tried" when the user has clearly shown that they have tried to solve it on their own

It is becoming increasingly common to see "what have you tried?" comments in these scenarios.

Some examples

enter image description here

enter image description here

enter image description here


Workarounds

Flagging Comments - It is considered a good thing to be liberal with comment flagging -- that helps us clean up after the fact. "Too Chatty" is a no-brainer here.

Unfortunately, that only cleans up after the damage has been done.

All signs point toward the continued increase of the trend of using "what have you tried" comments.

I spend a lot of time editing and cleaning up bad questions. This trend came up on my radar toward the end of last year and it is getting worse. So, I thought at the very least that I'd raise some awareness.

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