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Is there a new "What have you tried?"

I found this question, which I downvoted because it does not show any research effort. I want to be a good citizen and I don't want to downvote without leaving a comment, but I don't want my comment ...
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"What have you tried" evasions

So apparently "What have you tried" comments are now disallowed: Comments can't contain that content. But this comment: And what have you tried? is accepted by the system – and has two ...
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Are educational comments good?

Often, users leave educational comments on questions and answers. What I mean are comments like: "This answer should be a comment. Please consider reading this post about the difference." &...
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"What have you tried" comments - to flag or not to flag?

In the spirit of removing What Have You Tried comments, I have been flagging them when I find them. However recently I find my flags are being declined. Two examples being: Select items from a List ...
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Users who have downvoted more than they have upvoted?

Am I the only one who sees this as really odd? It's a typical pattern on stackoverflow: Someone posts a question which is regarded as not helpful because they made some mistakes in posting the ...
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Results not shown when matching words are in "quotes"

If matching words are in quotes, the result is not shown: This search, "what have you tried" is:question (link), does not list "What have you tried" epidemic in the results. Same issue with ...
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How should I handle malformed questions? (Specifically those which prompt "what have you tried?")

I have often found questions which honestly do prompt the response "What have you tried?" I tried posting a link to, only to find that it had been blocked. At this point, I ...
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More attention needed to prevent non-constructive answers and comments [closed]

Lately, I have been getting a lot of critical responses to my questions, and absolutely no help whatsoever. Often users are responding with questions as to why I asked the question, and also links to ...
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Flagging variations on "what have you tried"

This is in relation to This Question, and I saw the comment What is the current regular expression used, and how does it not work as expected? Which might be a good comment in some cases, but the ...
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Does the prohibition on "what have you tried" apply to all Stack Exchange sites, or just Stack Overflow?

In "What have you tried" epidemic, a rule was established that short comments such as "what have you tried" (and similar) are banned. Does this rule apply to all Stack Exchange sites, or ...
Nick Alger's user avatar
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Improving question quality by requiring "what have you tried?" [closed]

I am here today to ask for a monumental change. A section that asks the user what they have tried I feel that question quality could improve dramatically and members can help others faster, rather ...
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The canned comments left by the Community user are less than helpful, in some cases [duplicate]

I've seen a few examples: A comment on a post about licensing on Software Engineering indicating that the post needs clarification. The post is clear enough to know that it is off-topic. Editing for ...
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QuickComments as 'What have you tried?' and 'What is your question?'

Sometimes we encounter questions that don't have a 'Question' in them and other times we get question but no code or any idea if the user tried anything or not. For that reason, moderators and ...
Sorrel Vesper's user avatar
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Regex pattern for automatic removal of "what have you tried"

According to "What have you tried" epidemic, this four-word question has been banned from comments, and "comments that consist of little more than "what have you tried" can be deleted with a single ...
GNUSupporter 8964民主女神 地下教會's user avatar
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New comment flag - "Too sarcastic"

Can we have a new flag for comments - "Too sarcastic"? Look at this question, for example, and the first comment: Compare textbox text with sql server name?. PO is new, looks like a beginner ...
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