I've been asking questions here for 8 months and every time I try to ask a question it either gets downvoted within 10 minutes and people say that "you're just looking to gain reputation" and "come back with a proper question" or "it's a duplicate" and "do more research". And it also gets closed with people, without even reading the question: "It's off-topic", "homework question", "too vague",. It unsurprisingly gets downvoted to hell within hours, if not minutes, and me reliably asking why you downvoted, and me getting hit with the quotes above. And I'm not even going to discuss the 1-2 sentence questions that aren't even closed for being too vague, but somehow 4 whole hours of editing,2 hours of research and days of thinking is somehow too vague?! Anyway, I've been trying for the last 4 months to try and ask good, worthwhile questions, but I can't do that without getting pelted with the downvote arrows. Can anyone help me with this?

I've looked at the help center and read it thoroughly multiple times, and searched up anything with "how to ask good questions" or "how to participate in meta and not die trying". I've tried to do that, but no matter what I'm always struck by downvotes, for I don't even know what reason. I'm just looking for a way to thrive and contribute to this community, and nobody's letting me do that. It might be that I'm just too late and too new.

And go figure, the question is closed because there's another one with an answer, that doesn't help me at all.

I don't even know if I'm going to post another question because it'll get 12 downvotes in an hour, no matter what the hell I do.

https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/375424/why-is-wikipedia-asking-for-donations (deleted) This one was me thinking that they're closely related somehow.

Proposed "Platinum Badges"


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This site is about what happens on Stack Exchange. Per the help centre

Meta Stack Exchange (MSE) is the primary feedback and discussion space for issues that relate to the sites on the Stack Exchange Network and the software that powers this platform.

Why is wikipedia asking for donations is about Wikipedia, not about Stack Exchange at all so it's not something you can ask about here. The closure message told you that.

Platinum badges, however are on topic. The problem with that question is that it's already been suggested.

  • So you're lacking research because you've not looked into whether it's been suggested before, or if you did you didn't say why your question provides a new slant on the topic or why users that have been here a long time need to be further motivated by extra badges
  • and this being Meta it's quite possible people simply think that platinum badges aren't a good idea and voted accordingly.

So make sure your questions are about Stack Exchange and try to see if something similar has been asked before and what reception it received when it was asked. If you are going to repeat what's been asked before then you need to offer some new insight into the problem.

Finally start from thinking about why something is a problem and then how to solve it rather than thinking of a feature (e.g. platinum badges) and then wondering how to justify wanting it.

  • Well all it said for platinum badges was just are they going to bring them? I actually thought of some Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 12:44

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