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Asking questions not of personal interest [duplicate]

There are sometimes questions that come to mind, to ask on the site. They could be very general, or relate to common examples. However, I personally may not be interested in knowing the answer, or I ...
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Should Stack Exchange in general be awarding “A”s for Effort?

This just came up again: homework is not acceptable if the asker has made no effort whatsoever I'm developing a bit of an involuntary twitch that manifests itself when I encounter the word "effort"...
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Dealing with “Find out who's going to buy the croissants” [closed]

On Stack Overflow at the moment, there is a popular question which is currently high in the Hot Questions feed: https://stackoverflow.com/q/17807531/42473 So far it has been closed twice (once by the ...
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Using the Stack engine for the blog – a long-term idea for maintaining a healthy blogging culture

What's the current status? Let's say this first: The Super User blog is a great idea, and we've had enormous success with it. We've had a lot of diverse contributions, inspired by our Question of the ...
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Is it possible on MSE to question something that people hold dear without getting “disagreement downvoted”?

Clarification This question is not about "avoiding the pain of downvotes", for which "learn not to care about them" is a perfectly acceptable response. It's also not about avoiding downvotes for ...
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Is a question asking for an algorithm to sort socks into pairs on-topic? [closed]

How to pair socks from a pile efficiently asks for an algorithm for sorting socks into pairs. On what basis is this on-topic for SO? Should it not be migrated to Programmers, Computer Science or ...
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4answers
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What should be the range of acceptable “Why” questions on Stack Overflow?

Recently, there have been a number of 'not constructive' questions that were closed, and these questions were appealed on Meta. Out of these, as well as others I have encountered in my travels, there ...
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Appeal a “not constructive” question

Why does Firefox treat Helvetica differently from Chrome? was marked as “not constructive” without explanation. I can only speculate that it was perceived as impossible to answer with any kind of ...
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Why aren't the rules for minimum research effort being enforced consistently?

Recently, a guideline to demonstrate a "minimal understanding of the problem being solved" was made mandatory on Stack Overflow: "Questions must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem ...
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1answer
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Do our questions have to be about actual problems that we face?

Toward the top of the FAQ on every Stack Exchange site it has this rule prominently highlighted You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. I was ...
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Does “Questions asking for code…” only apply to questions that are asking for code?

Several months ago, a new question-closing guideline was introduced to Stack Overflow: "Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Include ...
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3answers
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Should “based on actual problems that you face” be removed from the question guidelines?

The FAQ for StackOverflow and many (all?) other stackexchange sites contains the advice: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. The ...
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Are hypothetical questions (about physics) suitable for any SE site?

I have an interesting shower thought to share with the world, but none of the SE sites seem to suit this question perfectly. This similar question hovers around the same idea but the answer is ...
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1answer
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Academic vs Real World Problems

Problems can be categorized into 2 groups: Academic problems Real world problems Solutions to academic problems are "pure", "preferred", "correct"... Solutions to real world problems often have to ...
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Good Subjective and Knowledge Questions vs Problems You Face

Currently the Don't Ask page of SE sites indicates "You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face" however Good Subjective, Bad Subjective, as well as a ...

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