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This question has an increasing number of vote close. However:

  • it has no bad number of votes.
  • answers has good number of votes.
  • reading answers and comments, it is show that is not off-topic nor an obvious question nor duplicate.

Yes, can be is not totally clear (could be that if someone is able to write a totally clear question, he/she doesn't needs an answer).

The description of "unclear what you're asking" is:

Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it’s hard to tell exactly what you're asking. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question.

So, the discussion is: should a comment be mandatory for close vote - unclear ?

In my opinion, if a question is unclear, comments are received and author doesn't improves it, it must be closed. But questions that the author is taking care of them should not be closed. It is difficult to clarify something if the doubts or unclear points are not expressed.

Worst, my experience says that questions that are about subjects not usual or repetitive tends to attract this kind of close votes. If we block this kind of questions, the quality of the full site will fail.

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    awuihoeg auehgap iughui awregauhiw. – Glorfindel Mar 23 '18 at 8:49
  • ^ that's an example of what you might get when requiring comments. – Glorfindel Mar 23 '18 at 8:49
  • @Glorfindel: good example. Possible counter-measures ? In the reviews queue, this vote should be ignored. Even "flag" to his author. – pasaba por aqui Mar 23 '18 at 8:53
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    It's worth nothing that Math.SE has a specific off-topic close reason which I tend(ed) to use more often instead of Unclear: "This question is missing context or other details: Please improve the question by providing additional context, which ideally includes your thoughts on the problem and any attempts you have made to solve it. This information helps others identify where you have difficulties and helps them write answers appropriate to your experience level.". – Glorfindel Mar 23 '18 at 8:54
  • Another example of things that are making stack exchanges more unpleasant day after day: this discussion question is receiving lots of down votes, but no comment of why ? off-topic ? not important ? duplicated (of which other question ) ? – pasaba por aqui Mar 23 '18 at 8:55
  • The downvotes here (not mine) usually mean 'I think this is a bad idea' rather than 'it's a bad question'. See What's Meta. – Glorfindel Mar 23 '18 at 8:56
  • @Glorfindel: yes, probably this is the reason. I've nothing against down votes, even to my own questions/answers. if correctly done, they allow to correct mistakes and improve/delete the question, answer, making better the global site. But in this case: that means that the happy triggers of down votes takes this question as a proposal and not a discussion; if they think bad proposal, why about an answer or, at least, a comment ? Again, this kind of things are making stack exchanges unpleasant. – pasaba por aqui Mar 23 '18 at 9:01
  • @pasabaporaqui Before you complain about downvotes, to a feature requires, best to understand that an upvote or downvote indicates if someone agrees with you. Not everyone wants to explain their reasons. – Ramhound Mar 23 '18 at 21:32
  • @Ramhound: if you take a few seconds to read the question and tags, you will see this is not a feature request but a discussion. Tags are under the question, probably too far for a lot of users from downvote button – pasaba por aqui Mar 23 '18 at 21:41
  • Discussion or Feature request, downvote means the same, somebody doesn’t agree. Would you complain nobody explained their upvote? – Ramhound Mar 23 '18 at 21:58
  • @Ramhound: no, they doesn't means the same. Please, read stack exchange "what is meta?" pages. – pasaba por aqui Mar 23 '18 at 22:07
  • You are proposing a new feature. Just because you say it's a discussion doesn't make it one. – fbueckert Mar 23 '18 at 22:20
  • @fbueckert: I'm presenting a situation, giving some opinions and some posibilities. This is usual start of a debate. But doesn't matters, this subject is already worring me. – pasaba por aqui Mar 23 '18 at 22:29
  • And you're proposing a specific solution to that situation, which people are very much disagreeing with. Mandatory comments on downvotes are brought up incredibly often, and it always ends the same way: Not gonna happen. – fbueckert Mar 23 '18 at 22:40
  • @fbueckert: why you talk about mandatory comments in downvotes, when all the subject, title included, is about comments on unclear close vote? Have you read the question or, at least, its title? – pasaba por aqui Mar 23 '18 at 23:02
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So, the discussion is: should a comment be mandatory for close vote - unclear ?

No, just like for any vote, clarifying why is not mandatory, nor should it be. The rules are outlined in the help center and on the per-site-meta. The close reasons are clear, there is no need to write more than that.

In my opinion, if a question is unclear, comments are received and author doesn't improves it, it must be closed. But questions that the author is taking care of them should not be closed.

The general consensus is the other way around. A question can be reopened if it follows the guidelines outlined. We are not going to wait until the author has the time to adjust the post. How long should we wait until we vote then? We close it, the question gets improved, and then we reopen it. It is a quality control measure that prevents bad questions and answers.

Worst, my experience says that questions that are about subjects not usual or repetitive tends to attract this kind of close votes. If we block this kind of questions, the quality of the full site will fail.

It is the other way around. Closing such questions gives a clear message that questions should be up to par before posting, not some time afterwards. That improves quality.

  • Thanks for your answer. Just to clarify, unusual or "original" questions are more difficult to write and more difficult to read (being second case impossible to improve by the author). For both reasons they attract close votes, when they should be specially protected. – pasaba por aqui Mar 23 '18 at 9:30
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    @pasabaporaqui Original questions are not difficult to write. – Ramhound Mar 23 '18 at 21:33
  • @Ramhound: if you think find a good original question is not difficult... – pasaba por aqui Mar 23 '18 at 22:31
  • @pasabaporaqui What? Your comment doesn’t make sense – Ramhound Mar 24 '18 at 0:58

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