I just stumbled on this and I think we might do well to squash it before it becomes a wide spread problem.


I found a particular user, who shall remain nameless, who has already posted 32 comments containing little more than this link.

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    This is at least as snarky and unhelpful as lmgtfy.com. Possibly more, since the latter, at least, you end up with a possibly useful Google search. – ale Feb 6 '15 at 4:32
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    Agree. It's a bad joke in the best case, direct offence at worst. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Feb 6 '15 at 6:29
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    Ah, yes, the old "a post can't possibly be valid without a question mark" canard. Apply dragonfire. – jscs Feb 6 '15 at 20:07
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    Please flag those comments so mods can rain fire upon them. – Bill the Lizard Feb 6 '15 at 20:41
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    If it's only one person who is doing this, wouldn't it make more sense to just flag those comments, rather than modifying the blacklist? (Modifying the blacklist presumably requires developer time, which is precious -- if it can be addressed reasonably through existing mechanisms, that seems sufficient.) – D.W. Feb 6 '15 at 21:07
  • @JoshCaswell: Posts are questions. This is a question and answer repository. There are rare exceptions but in general a decent question actually contains a, y'know, question. Not that I'm using that to condone this particular site or those particular comments. – Lightness Races in Orbit Feb 12 '15 at 22:07
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    Agreed, @Lightness, the vast majority of Q posts here should include a grammatical question. But "Does your question contain a sentence which ends in a question mark?" (quoting from the linked site) is not the bright-line test for "it's understandable what you need" that the link and its users would make it out to be. – jscs Feb 12 '15 at 22:56
  • @Josh: I generally agree. Although a tangential note of caution here that "we can understand what this OP needs if we concentrate hard enough" is not sufficient to meet SO's quality standards. This is a Q&A repository rather than a personal helpdesk so it's desirable for a question to be clearly stated, as a question, for the benefit of all humanity for the rest of our days! – Lightness Races in Orbit Feb 12 '15 at 23:07

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