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Flag for unclear question [duplicate]

My question is about flags... Many times the users asks question with no code, without effort and their work behind his question. We have to ask/comment him "Show your effort" , "What are doing so far ...
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We'd like your feedback on our new Code of Conduct! [duplicate]

TL;DR: We've put together a code of conduct (CoC) that is a bit more comprehensive than our existing be nice policy because we feel that our current policy isn't meeting our needs. Some background, ...
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What is the XY problem?

What is the XY problem? When asking questions, how do I recognize when I'm falling into it? How do I avoid it? Return to FAQ index
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Enable automatic deletion of old, unanswered, zero-score questions after a year?

Related to Meta Super User efforts: Old unanswered inactive questions with low views/votes and Meta Server Fault efforts: Cleaning house, really old, unloved questions We already auto-remove ...
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“What have you tried” epidemic

Statistics The usage of "what you tried" (WHYT) is growing (v2) In Q1 of 2012 - 0.0134 such comments per question (~1.33%) In Q2 of 2012 - 0.0167 such comments per question (~1.66%) In Q3 of ...
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Should downvotes on questions be “free”?

As I'm sure you all know, downvotes "cost" 1 reputation. That is, every time you downvote: -2 to post owner -1 to you This is done to make sure downvotes are cast only when you feel ...
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The Help Vampire problem

What is the best long-term solution for the Help Vampire problem? Adapted from the above article: Identifying Help Vampires can be tricky, because they look like any ordinary person (or Internet user,...
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Improving “demonstrate a minimal understanding” close reason [closed]

Note: the eventual outcome of this discussion involved dropping this particular off-topic reason, along with other changes. See: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/216585/recent-changes-to-close-...
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Should the weight of question upvotes be reduced?

After thinking about Should the weight of downvotes be increased? which I declined for the reasons specified in my answer, and Please charge rep for questions after threshold I have a proposal. ...
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Is there a rule of thumb for objective questions asked out of curiosity?

Isaac Moses, the patriarch of Mi Yodeya, wrote something that caught my eye the other day: [...] the general Stack Exchange directive, expressed in the uneditable part of that section of the About ...
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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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How does “proof of effort” make a question better?

It seems like many questions by new users are downvoted immediately. Sometimes there is a comment to the tune of "lacks research", "we're not here to do your homework", or "show us some effort". Now ...
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How do you reopen a closed question?

To reopen a closed question, five (5) people with at least 3000 reputation must agree that the question is suitable for the site and cast votes to reopen the question. But: How does one actually vote ...
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Are code questions without an attempt now on topic [closed]

Background The close reasons have recently been changed, this includes the removal of the old close reason: Questions must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Tell ...
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Add a “Magic 8-Ball” feature to the Ask a Question page [closed]

So many interesting questions get asked on Stack Overflow and then immediately closed (or worse yet, closed and re-opened for days on end) because they're subjective, argumentative, and fundamentally ...

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