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Basic questions are not so basic

This search for "sneek vs sneak" points to a couple of Yahoo! Answers posts, like this one. There are many popular but simple English questions like these that point to Yahoo! Answers posts. These posts are good enough to answer the question, but I think this site can provide much better answers.

In other words, they fall here on Jeff/Borror0's flowchart for answering simple questions:

answering simple questions flowchart

Should we ask these popular but easy questions?

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    I am pretty sure the example you give would be closed as general reference.
    – Kit Z. Fox Mod
    Commented May 16, 2012 at 20:07
  • @KitFox - Yup. I'm asking if we shouldn't close these types of questions given that (1) they are very popular and (2) we can give better answers than what's available to the casual Googler. Commented May 16, 2012 at 20:11
  • Is that an ELU question that was closed, or just the possibility of a question that you're thinking of? Just because it is on Yahoo answers, doesn't mean it's a good -or- bad question. (that one happens to be a general 'bad' question that a dictionary would answer...'sneek' ain't a word). Are you asking 'should' or 'could'? You -can- always try. I don't think you should bother asking that particular question here just because it's popular.
    – Mitch
    Commented May 16, 2012 at 20:21
  • @Mitch - I'm asking about what our general policy should be regarding these questions. I haven't asked and don't intend to ask the sample "sneek vs sneak" question. Commented May 16, 2012 at 20:25
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    If you want to discuss this generally, I think you might just add comments in the existing discussion.
    – Kit Z. Fox Mod
    Commented May 16, 2012 at 20:25
  • @KitFox - Ah, that's what I'm talking about. Let's close this question as a duplicate of that one. Commented May 16, 2012 at 20:30
  • You can also delete this question, as it doesn't have up-voted answers.
    – apaderno
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 13:46
  • @kiamlaluno - I forget if the linked question showed up as a possible duplicate as I was typing this up. If not, we should leave this as a duplicate of the existing question. Commented May 17, 2012 at 14:34


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