I'd like to give my contribution to the effort of some users in order to solve the current situation on the English SE. I asked this same question to Waiwai933 in his "A look at question quality" as a comment..
I wanted to ask the community, especially the Moderators, when opening a recent posted question, how should we proceed on closing it?
First look whether it's On Topic? Or if there is a possible Duplicate? I didn't find a similar question asked on this Meta, nor after some Google search. On StackOverflow they ask something that seems similar, but it's not related.
The current choices are:
- Exact Duplicate;
- Off Topic (close or migrate);
- Not Constructive;
- Not a real question;
- Too localised;
- General Reference.
My thought is that we should proceed in this order:
- Is it On Topic?
- Is there a Duplicate?
- Is it easily answerable with Google or dictionaries?
- Is it vague or incomplete?
- Is it reasonably understandable?
- Is it too localised?
I know the questions here are too simple, I chose the "shortest and fastest" way, even if when considering a question, we actually have some thinking first before closing it.
Then, my question is: What is your opinion or, if available, is there an official way to proceed I'm not aware of?
EDIT: This is what I meant. This scheme is not definite and I've done it according to the order I wrote above. It's merely a demonstration. If this matter gains importance, and I think that even if it's not the most important one it's still something we can think about, I'll re-do it according to the final opinion. Feel free to comment whether you think this is some issue we should take care of or if it's not that important.