Previously someone suggested "Insufficient effort" as a closing reason, resulting in the description of "Not a real question" being broadened.
I believe the two are far from identical, and shouldn't be grouped under the same category, unless you can act upon them in the same way.
To demonstrate, consider the following examples:
How can I calculate the square root of a number in C#?
This is a real question which doesn't fit the "Not a real question" description, but does indicate no effort.
I'm producing an API for soem common applicaitons. How can I make sure that they applications that were built under 3.5 can run the new 4.0 api?
With some effort, a real question can be recognized. "How can an application which targets .NET 3.5 use an API which targets .NET 4.0?"
This discussion is meant to be two-folded:
- Isn't there a difference between the current "Not a real question" and "No effort questions"?
- In case there is, how to best handle a "No effort question"? Closing it as "Not a real question" seems not appropriate, clear and constructive.
P.S.: To be clear, this is not a proposal to add "No effort question" as a closing reason. I merely want to point out we should either be looking for ways in which to distinguish them better, or handle better.