Several months ago, a new question-closing guideline was introduced to Stack Overflow:
- "Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Include attempted solutions, why they didn't work, and the expected results. See also: Stack Overflow question checklist"
I've noticed that questions are often closed for this reason even if they are not asking for any code, but are merely asking for advice:
I think "not clear what you're asking" would have been a more appropriate closing reason in this case, but these questions were closed instead for their apparent lack of "minimal understanding". Is this closing reason intended to be used in this way, and is there anything we can do to prevent it from being misused?