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Is there some slightly more Machiavellian way (other than the community-based approach already implemented) to discourage the deluge of questions during certain hours that beg for basic code "examples"?

Full disclosure: I believe that software developers should be licensed like any other professional (laywer, doctor, architect, nurse, etc...).

  • "during certain hours"...? – BoltClock's a Unicorn Jun 8 '12 at 3:23
  • From a guy sitting on the east coast of the US, it is obvious when the outsourced folks arrive at the office. I was trying to be politically correct. Which I, typically, am not. – bluevector Jun 8 '12 at 3:24
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    Stop people posting full code scripts as they salivate for the precious, precious EXP. When you feed it, the elastic jeans are only an order away – random Jun 8 '12 at 3:28
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    Ah, I know exactly what you mean, @jonny. Those So-Cal programmers stick out like a bunch of sore thumbs. – Shog9 Jun 8 '12 at 3:29
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    It's a good thing I don't work for you. I have a master's degree, but no licenses of any kind, except my driver's license and my marriage license. – user102937 Jun 8 '12 at 3:31
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    Programmers gonna program. – user149432 Jun 8 '12 at 3:32
  • @Robert - I also hold a master's degree. I work hard to hone my craft. I think SO is an excellent resource. I also know that not everybody gets to grow up to be a jedi. – bluevector Jun 8 '12 at 3:33
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    @Shog: It's the shorts, sandals and sunscreen that give us away. The only thing wrong with our code is that our code comments are occasionally punctuated with the word "dude." – user102937 Jun 8 '12 at 3:34
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    @jonnyGold You probably didn't intend it, but this comes across a little like thinly-veiled xenophobia. Is your problem really that you don't like that people in different time zones who may or may not have degrees are programming and asking questions, or that you are just seeing too many poorly asked questions? – user149432 Jun 8 '12 at 3:35
  • What's a clipboard developer and what UTC hours do they keep? – random Jun 8 '12 at 3:40
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    Your actual point sounds like you're being racist – random Jun 8 '12 at 3:47
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    Elitist, yes. Unabashedly. Racist, no. – bluevector Jun 8 '12 at 3:48
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    "Clipboard Developers" ::chortle:: FSM only know that there are a lot of these sorry specimens in the world, and most of them will probably never amount to anything, but it is not our business to sort them out. Close the bad content, then delete it and move on. If they're persistently bad enough they'll get question banned. And who knows, maybe they'll learn. – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Jun 8 '12 at 3:51
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    If you want to be Machiavellian, post an answer which doesn't work. That'll teach them fairly fast :) – Benjol Jun 8 '12 at 4:54
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    @Benjol post an answer which doesn't work and show it only to the OP. Hell-answering, here we come! – Pekka Jun 9 '12 at 20:05

I find that 5 close votes followed by 3 delete votes works in the majority of these cases. I don't think anything else is necessary.

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  • I'm sorry... did I piss on a sacred cow? Or did I point at the elephant in the room? – bluevector Jun 8 '12 at 3:35
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    @jonnyGold -- I don't think so; I just think the system here works well, and nothing more is needed. – Ernest Friedman-Hill Jun 8 '12 at 3:38

Not sure why you want to be more "Machiavellian" here, but no - employing duplicity and deception goes against everything Stack Overflow was built to accomplish. If you want poor quality to go away, down-vote it, improve it, close and delete it, and/or flag it. There are a wealth of tools at your disposal, you need only use them.

See also: Is there going to be a process around hellbanning?

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