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Questions tagged [question-quality]

is for questions that address the quality of questions and how it should affect their treatment.

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Should I repost a question if the first edition was bad, has been fixed, and is still open?

I asked a bad question. After many comments from other users and many edits on my part, it is now a good question. However, the comments are littered with corrections to older versions. Should I ...
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Stack Exchange appears to be less suitable for inexperienced coders than it used to be before [duplicate]

In the past, the programming sites of Stack Exchange (e.g. Stack Overflow) used to accept fairly straightforward questions about HTML, CSS, JS and alike, scripting in powershell or BASH or simple ...
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How is question quality measured in A/B tests?

As sites grow, there's a noticeable increase in community unhappiness with question quality. Quite a bit of the problem is simply a matter of scale, but sites sometimes optimize for extremes. Bad ...
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Is Stack Exchange a place to get help? Or a resource for answers?

The more I use Stack Overflow the more I see people telling others to delete their questions afterwards for debugging help. A (recent) example of this, and what caused me to ask this question on meta,...
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Should I re-ask a question if I have edited it beyond recognition?

My question has a massive edit history, as I struggled to explain my idea (making this, yes... I know...) and how it was different from the proposed duplicate. Since editing my question to clearly ...
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Disqualify a question from Hot Network Questions if it has more answers than net votes

It's been fairly well established at this point that the Hot Network Questions mechanism can sometimes cause a question to blow up out of control (basically because they cause an influx of visitors ...
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Can we find a way make sure that new users acknowledge the on-topic page before being able to post?

Similar question / suggestion to Discovering on-topic rules of a new SE site, but a bit more specific. Over on Music.SE, when a new user asks a question, there is a 'How to Ask' sidebar that says ...
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Instructions in downvoted answer are unhelpful, encourages counter-productive behaviour [duplicate]

Say I'm a user posting a question and get this error: It looks like your post is mostly code; please add some more details And then I find help in a Meta post about the same issue. Being lazy I ...
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All-lowercase questions are 50 times more common than all-caps questions, and are often low-quality questions. Let's block them.​ [duplicate]

First, someone proposed blocking all-caps questions. This was declined. The decliner seemed to feel that the problem was too rare to bother with. Well, all-lowercase questions are 50 times more ...
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Given my reward for a stupid question in photo, and my lack of reward for expertise in Java, can you tell me what is broken here?

I'm an experienced Java developer. I get a lot out of Stack Overflow, but when my answers are offsite, I don't ask. I'm a noob in photography. I asked a really basic question which, really, if I had ...
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Identify tags that tend to be associated with off-topic/problematic questions?

Anecdotally, I've noticed that a few tags on a site I frequently visit tend to be associated with questions that are off-topic (e.g., > 70% of questions with that tag have been closed). Is there a ...
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If a question is in all-uppercase or all-lowercase, our quality filters should automatically reject it [duplicate]

Proposal If a question on an English-language Stack Exchange site does not contain at least one uppercase and one lowercase letter, our quality filter should reject it. (We can make exceptions for ...
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Discouraging deliberately asking bad questions

I recently posted a question which I wasn't sure whether it was good quality or not, but I decided to post it anyway because I really needed some advice. It turns out it was not a good question - it ...
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Please block questions with “help!” and variants

I've seen a number of questions (1,2,3,4,5) with "help!" in the title - especially on Ask Ubuntu. I don't know if it is a network wide occurrence. Please could all questions with "help" and variants -...
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How do we help people with bad questions?

This is a pretty general topic, so before I get started, I want to explain a couple things: For context, I primarily use Stack Overflow, so a lot of my opinions, examples, or rationalizations may be ...
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Rip-tide of downvotes and being closed makes it hard to sup in the freedom of asking

Every single question I have asked on Stack Exchange has been down-voted, closed or marked as off-topic. At first I tried wording my questions better, then I tried asking fewer questions. Then I tried ...
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Tweeting a question posted less than an hour ago with a single upvote

Related: Avoid tweeting bad questions ...Shouldn't questions be given enough time to be vetted by the community before they're shouted to the twitter universe? This question has been tweeted less ...
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How many characters will tip the post?

I hear that abnormally long posts get automatic flags, but I can't find anything on the exact number of characters that will make it flag-worthy. What is the number?
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For quality blocks / warnings, system seems to penalize migrated answered questions the same as deleted ones

As far as I know, question blocks / quality warnings system tends to rather heavily penalize deleted answered questions: The folks we're concerned about are the ones who ask a question, and then ...
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Quality standards are not met [duplicate]

I have written a question that did not meet the standards (see below). I noticed that just by adding uppercase correctly, it meets the standards. Is this okay?
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Where is some guidance on good questions? Why isn't it shown prominently?

I was surprised to learn from the latest podcast episode (#60) how serious SE is about predicting good questions as well as about reviewing. I feel I put quite some effort into my questions, and they ...
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Quality ban warning

How does the hobbling for bad askers work, on sites where the question ban isn't enabled? In particular, as a moderator, I see repeated entries in a user's history stating user posted after seeing ...
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Breaking down question blocks - let's talk about rate limits

I've been quite vocal about the fact that we're overhauling post blocks, and dropped some hints as to how we're contemplating improving them. The last few weeks of my professional existence has gone ...
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Handling correct answers with insecure code

I often read and answer to questions on cryptography usage in Java. I noticed that a large number of questions contain totally insecure code. Also answers often answer the questions but do not correct ...
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Forcing users to pick a name [duplicate]

EDIT: I am convinced that this is not a very helpfull idea. When I first found Stack Overflow I was amazed at the speed at which people answered my questions. The quality was amazing as well and I ...
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Is there a demonstrable correlation between question length and question quality?

This is just an idea I've been toying with , really. I'm curious about the correlation between question length and question quality. "Quality" here would be translated into "likelihood of not being ...
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Are you doing yourself out of a job by answering some of the questions on Stack Overflow?

The quality of questions on Stack Overflow seem to have gone down hill dramatically in the last six months. There seem to be far more general questions along the lines of why doesn't my code work. A ...
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Editing questions: To remove or not to remove [duplicate]

I've recently started editing questions. While editing questions I almost always remove the Thanks in advance and Thanks for your help parts of the questions. I've read this question which is very ...
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Stack Overflow efficiency shown by simple but vivid example

Recently I posted here an article with some numbers, showing that amount of non-answered questions is growing. But what are these non-answered questions? Let's take one tag, which is not overly ...
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In which case are “give me the code” questions ok? [duplicate]

The title says it all : when is a "give me the code" question ok? I did follow those suggestions when asking this question, and the answer is not that trivial. I got one not very serious answer.
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What is the best way to let the commuity know that a question is not good?

Being an active user, I know there are various ways to let the community know that a question is not good, or does not fit the community guidelines. Vote down: By voting down we can let the person ...
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What should we really ask on Stack Overflow? [closed]

I've been a user for a year now and have decent reputation. But sometimes, I really wonder what questions we should ask and how. Most of the time, questions are downvoted because of sheep voting ...
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Very bad questions with multiple answers [duplicate]

This question is very low-quality. As the comments state, the code provided does not compile. Furthermore, it fails to ask (in my opinion) a specific question, show any additional attempted code (...
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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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Can we pay more attention to questions before we act

I'm posting this mostly because of this question(it's been deleted now) 10k Only.. To summarize, The question had the qualities that we usually ask people for, and it's main fault was it's ...
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Are multi-point questions bad style? [duplicate]

I frequently notice questions which are actually multiple questions circling around a specific problem in one. These usually appear as an introductory-paragraph followed by a numbered list of ...
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Add importance of examples to Help Centre section on asking good questions

In the "How do I ask a good question" section of the FAQ, there is nothing about providing example inputs and outputs (and well chosen examples), yet this is one of the most common deficiencies of ...
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Why is this question good?

After a week of absence I went to last week hot questions, and found Cannot find symbol hasNextInt for a java.util.Scanner? with 37 upvotes. How come 37 people decided that the question shows ...
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How do we respond to live website help questions? (“My website is broken, here's the link”) [duplicate]

There's a certain class of problematic questions which appears regularly in Stack Overflow: live website help questions. They generally go like this: The asker has a problem with their website. The ...
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Preventing misinformation: Correcting the usage of the term “JSON object”

Unfortunately there is a confusion between JSON and the JavaScript syntax construct commonly known as "object literal". To be clear what I mean, this is JSON: {"foo": 42} This is an JS object ...
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Why is this question closed as lacking minimal understanding? [closed]

I chanced upon a question that: has compilable code; has an obvious goal (not stated outside the code, but clear from the messages the code prints); formulates a question about a specific part of the ...
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Why does this question appear to be acceptable?

The question in question is this one. Personally I think the question is not suitable, yet many others appears to be happy with it. The reasons I don't find it suitable are as follows: No code is ...
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Questions about Windows kernel programming

I asked a question about Windows kernel programming. But it was flagged as not being a programming question. Then I checked some other posts and found several that referenced kernel programming. I ...
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Auto Comment for Off Topic -> Minimal Understanding

When someone votes to close an issue as... Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Include attempted solutions, why they didn't work, and the ...
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What to do with duplicate Q's that don't actually seem like duplicates?

In SO one question is marked as a duplicate, but it looks like an unrelated issue with the same symptom as the linked. The code in the question is not nice or clean and the question for some reason ...
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Should there be a delay for close votes?

This question was closed only five minutes after it was asked. Sure this was not a good quality question. But there was not a real chance to put comments on it, the asker had not even a chance to ...
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Are questions which require constant updating fit for our sites?

Are questions that will likely require constant updating to remain valid fit for the site? This is the question that sparked our discussion on Sci-Fi chat, but I think it's broad enough to be covered ...
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Why reward an answer to a low quality question?

Consider a question like this How to concatenate echos. A great deal of the questions nowadays seems to be questions which could be solvable by spending five to ten minutes reading a decent tutorial ...
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Why not restrict questions to some max length?

Is there is already such restriction? If no, why not restrict questions to some max length to avoid too long questions? Such questions are usually difficult to read and too vague.
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How do members decide on good or bad question?

Best illustrated with an example:: Question asked on 16 May 2010 Question asked on 28 Apr 2010 Personally I feel that both of these questions are same "Return Value Of printf()" but still the ...