Let me start out by saying that I do my best to give every question due diligence in the Close Votes queue. However, every now and then, Stack Overflow likes to throw in a gotcha question to make sure that I'm not just blindly clicking through the edit queue trying to get a badge. I don't know if there is any kind of consequence for getting these wrong other than it displaying a demeaning message that pretty much says to the affect of "Hey idiot, you're not paying enough attention." Actually, I was giving all of my attention.
I ran into one gotcha just a few moments ago that was a real head scratcher when I got it "wrong". This isn't the first time I've honestly voted to close a question that I thought should be closed, only to find out that I was "wrong" for trying to close it.
I took a screenshot of it as I couldn't think of any better way to show what I'm talking about.
Here's what I noticed when reviewing this question:
- The author says he is trying to follow some directions on an installation site, and he encountered an error after he entered some command.
- He says he's not sure. (very informative)
- He posts a log of his bash console, which includes some error messages.
He provides absolutely zero dialogue about what he's tried to remedy the error.
- After reviewing the audit (thanks @rene for the link), I noticed he does list some vague, limited dialog in the comments. That brings for me up questions about whether comments should be included in the audit process.
Now, maybe I'm wrong here, but as an objective observer, this seems like a very low quality question. The author didn't provide much information about what he'd done prior to this. He offers little explanation about what he's tried to resolve the error. He didn't give much information about his system setup.
Was I truly wrong in voting to close this question? On one hand, the error message is right there on the screen. On the other hand, the author has left us with little information other than "here's my problem. fix it for me".
Some gotchas are just blatantly wrong. I come across them sometimes where words have just been substituted in random places that make no sense. However, ones like this seem too subjective. Looking at this question, I'd vote to close it every time because I feel that it's simply low quality.
What is the general consensus on this? Is there a penalty for getting these wrong?