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Discussing "What have you tried" [duplicate]

Asking "what have you tried" is based on the assumption that the author did not make any effort. People don't want to make an effort if they assume someone else didn't. No matter how much they love ...
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Comments can't contain that content [duplicate]

I tried leaving a comment on Replacing "[aA09.b]." to "[aA09.b]\n" in in JavaScript that says 'What have you tried?', but was unable to post my comment. I've seen this comment ...
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Can no longer ask, "What have you tried?" in comments? [duplicate]

I don't understand why we're not allowed to ask, "What have you tried?" in the comments section of a question. Can anyone explain this decision? Proof
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Comment can't contain that content [duplicate]

I posted a comment to a low effort question here: I want to grab href address which has class link I typed too fast and it came out like "What you tried?" I tried to edit it to "What have you ...
Connor Tumbleson's user avatar
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15 answers

Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange

This is an unofficial list/changelog of new features and various changes to Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange network. It is maintained by the community, while a Stack Exchange employee changes ...
449 votes
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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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Magic wand time - what does your community need?

Continuing in my series of questions to you: Last week, I heard some great origin stories. This week, I’d like to refocus a bit on what could be better (in your view). I’m very curious about whether ...
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What happened to the "You're Just Lazy" close vote reason? [closed]

...not literally, of course. But what happened to the previous menu of close-vote options? I find the current set unsatisfactory. Take this question that boils down to a typical java.lang....
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161 votes
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Is it OK to leave "What have you tried?" comments?

Some questions boil down to "how can/do I do X?" Here's an example. Sometimes, people leave comments under such questions that ask "what have you tried?" Is it OK to leave comments like that? Should ...
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Introducing new user onboarding project

Following the Public Platform Q2 2021 roadmap, the team is kicking off the new user onboarding project and announcing our plans for the product-discovery phase. New user onboarding – Purpose We see ...
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Negative comments drive new users away, how can we fix this?

We've talked about how we should act towards new users a lot in the past. I'd like to discuss some of these questions again. But more important than that, I hope this question will help us learn more ...
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Since when is banned?

Since when is banned? And, who took the decision? Edit: to be clear, this is was banned whether on its own, or with other content. It's an incredibly popular summary of ...
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Ban "What have you tried?" links in comments

Recently on SO, I've been noticing a lot of link-only comments on (admittedly bad) questions. The typical comment looks like this: What have you tried? Now, my first instinct is to flag the ...
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Question closed because yes/no answer

I hope this is the right place to ask this question. I opened a question SO and it was almost immediately closed by a moderator with the reason Closed this as the only two possible answers are "...
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3 answers

What is the SE version of Seven Dirty Words?

Caution: R-rated language Some words, when present in a comment, make it eligible for instant, automatic one-flag deletion. Out of the seven words you can never say on television, only appear to ...
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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 ...
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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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