While reviewing I came along a question which is now closed but I could save a screenshot:

First I got very surprised about the STOP! Look and Listen blast. I feel unjustly treated here as the question does not at all not show any indication of spam. Then I took a second look to see if I may have overlooked something and found that this question as a whole is not treated well at all.

It's not a perfectly worded question, no doubt, but I have seen worse with good answers. It's really unfair IMO that this question was closed.

Honestly, I have the feeling that questions often get closed too easily, discouraging people to ask (especially those who don't speak english well and/or are too young to know better). We should teach not rule them.

Additionally: for the review I may have found a bug in the spam detection.

  • Are you on purpose trying to vote on python questions because in your profile I don't see python as one of your main tags. If you apply a filter (on the top next to the title 'close votes') reviewing becomes easier (and as a bonus the audits are easier to spot) – rene Mar 3 '14 at 8:26
  • Well, it just happened to be a python question. Doesn't really matter for the discussion here. – Mike Lischke Mar 3 '14 at 8:31
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    Hmm, lots of downvotes and nobody cares to write why. This just confirms my complain here in a different way. – Mike Lischke Mar 5 '14 at 8:14
  • +7/-4 is not too bad, I would say. I guess they trigger on your statement about this being 'unjust'. If you reword your question to ask an explanation for the closure of this question and/or the quality of the audit the current answer still holds and wouldn't attract more down votes. But you're correct it sometimes just guessing why voters vote the way they do. – rene Mar 5 '14 at 8:42

The question is asking about relatively simple language constructs that 5 minutes of Googling should be able to answer. So while it is a valid question, it's not a good question for SO. And just because there are worse questions with better answers does not automatically make those questions suited for SO either; they may predate the stricter moderation policies.

Spam detection is done by an algorithm so it's never going to be 100% correct, hence why the message says "possible spam".

  • Maybe, but there must be at least a few real answers you can google for. The question was not marked as duplicate btw. – Mike Lischke Mar 3 '14 at 8:19
  • Not sure that a question being easy to google automatically makes it a bad question. One of the goals of stack exchange was to provide a home for definitive answers to questions of all levels, and essentially to have google linking to 'us' as the simple example that everyone can find with just 5 mins of searching. – Rob Moir Mar 3 '14 at 8:36
  • Basic questions are perfectly fine as long as they're asked well. – Flexo Mar 3 '14 at 8:55
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    SO should be the site found by that 5 minutes of Googling, not just place to ask when answer does not exist elsewhere. Also, using "complex" nested data structures can be tricky, a common novice problem, and good SO content (even if this particular question got snuffed out before being edited for clarity). – hyde Mar 3 '14 at 22:19

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