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A new Stack Overflow user recently asked how he could improve a question that was not well received: Why am I receiving down votes for this question and how can I improve it?
I told the user to click Close(3) to see why the community was not receiving the question well. @psubsee2003 corrected me with:
The OP doesn't have 250 rep, so can't see the "Close(3)" link
I think that's a bad strategy. The close reasons are important feedback for a user, and I'm having trouble understanding why the feedback would be with held from them.
The current strategy of denying feedback and allowing the question to whither and die does not seem like a good one. It clutters the site with poor questions, it does not reinforce user training of site features, it causes the creation of duplicate questions that don't materially improve, and it creates a poor user experience.
In fact, the cited question is an example of creation of duplicate questions that don't materially improve. The poster originally asked a similar question that was closed too.
And, here's another one that would have benefitted from a user learning what was going on:
- How to properly uninitialize OpenSSL
- Instructions for using Rabin Information Dispersal Algorithm (IDA)
- libtomcrypt for encrytion and decryption
Notice they do not suffer the "false, misleading or fictitious reason" as argued by some others below.
Request: Please allow new users to view close reasons on their questions.
Related to withholding close reasons, a custom off-topic close message is displayed immediately. So immediately providing feedback has a precedent. (You can see an example of the immediate feedback on countless questions, like Cabal install uses old versioned binary).
If withholding information is the strategy, then it seems to me the custom close message should be with held too.
Related: View an Alert on Close Votes for New Users. But the request in this question is less encompassing than the related question.