I received the following reply to a post:

"put on hold as too broad by Robert Harvey♦ 11 mins ago

"There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs."

The first argument is simply unacceptable. If a user asks for ONE way to get from NYC to the Himalaya, they will be satisfied with only one answer.

The second argument is absurd as well. My question can be answered in about 15 words, as follows:


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    The post in question: What XAML will produce this GUI? – Martijn Pieters Mar 17 '14 at 21:58
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    That question is to broad, and showed no research effort on your own. Stack Overflow is not a 'guess the GUI code' site. – Martijn Pieters Mar 17 '14 at 21:59
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    Those damn modraters. They's just monkeys with guns in there hands. – user102937 Mar 17 '14 at 22:00
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    @PiotrMancini: Where does it state that the other had too much detail? That one was closed because it was unclear what you were asking for; where were you stuck? How far had you gotten and what specific technique or syntax did you have problems with? – Martijn Pieters Mar 17 '14 at 22:01
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    I used "Too Broad," because a good answer to your question would have required a crash course in XAML. – user102937 Mar 17 '14 at 22:03
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    To me, both of those questions read as, "Here are my requirements, write some code for me." Perhaps that was not your intention, but that's what came across on first reading. – ThisSuitIsBlackNot Mar 17 '14 at 22:04
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    It's worth noting that that closure text is one of the standard options rather than something Robert specifically typed out (Although I stand behind everything it says). – Richard Tingle Mar 17 '14 at 22:05
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    Where does "professionalism" enter into this? Correctness of an argument has nothing to do with professionalism. – jscs Mar 17 '14 at 22:09
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    @PiotrMancini If that image provides your answer, why post a question...? – michaelb958--GoFundMonica Mar 17 '14 at 22:13
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    I'm sort of inclined to vote to reopen the first question, although putting the code into the body would be helpful. EDIT: already done by Shog. – jscs Mar 17 '14 at 22:14
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    Users tend to be particularly harsh on questions to which the answer will help only you. Try to break your question down into elements and ask about those elements. These are both less broad and more likely to be helpful to others – Richard Tingle Mar 17 '14 at 22:14
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    I see you joined the site a couple of hours ago. Perhaps you should take a few minutes to learn how this site works before sharing your opinion. – Stijn Mar 17 '14 at 22:15
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    Your other question has been greatly improved by a community manager, and now it is in a very good state. Take it as example of how question should look like. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Mar 17 '14 at 22:15
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    @PiotrMancini you have one basic and very wrong assumption. Stack Overflow is not a forum. That's a pitfall many fall into, and it's really too bad. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Mar 17 '14 at 22:16
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    I am 100% convinced Piotr is just trolling. There is no way this is for real. You can't make this stuff up even if you tried :) – Iris Classon Mar 17 '14 at 22:34

Your first question wasn't closed because it was too specific - in fact, it was closed because the folks who read it couldn't make sense of what it was you were trying to do. You tried to explain in the comments, but never bothered to clarify your question. In particular, your title was utterly worthless as far as summarizing what it was you were hoping to get out of asking.

Your second question had all the problems of the first, and compounded them by making no effort to explain what you were trying to accomplish. If your first question might've been answered eventually by someone taking the time to dig through your links and comments, the second one made certain that no one would have this opportunity.

I've edited (and re-opened) your first question to provide you with an example of what, at a bare minimum, a question should look like. It could be a lot better, but as it stands I believe it is answerable - something that could not really be said of either of your questions originally.

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    Turning lead into gold (well, maybe just bronze, but still :)) - that's a skill we really need more around here. Well done! – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Mar 17 '14 at 22:18
  • Shog9: You certainly paid attention to my question. Thanks. BTW: In my first attempt, I tried to add images, but the site won't allow me because I need 10 points. – Piotr Mancini Mar 17 '14 at 22:25
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    The images are nice, but not critical - linking to them (as you did) works just as well. The code - and a clear explanation of the problem before the code - is critical though, @Piotr. Anyway, you have 10 points now - make good use of them. – Shog9 Mar 17 '14 at 22:28
  • "you have 10 points now - make good use of them." I used to have a lot more but was banned. My previous account was "Travis Banger". I will thread lightly in this incarnation.... – Piotr Mancini Mar 17 '14 at 22:33
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    Well, you're back to one incarnation now @Piotr - with a small margin of error between you and another ban (you were very close to having two banned accounts, which ain't great). – Shog9 Mar 17 '14 at 22:38
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    @Piotr I'd keep that quiet if I was you, you're not really supposed to create annother account to get round a ban – Richard Tingle Mar 17 '14 at 22:39
  • "@Piotr I'd keep that quiet if I was you": The reason I escaped from Chavezuela and came to America (greatest country in history) was because they kept on telling me "I'd keep that quiet if I were you". I have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to hide. – Piotr Mancini Mar 18 '14 at 12:04

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