20 questions linked to/from Google is not General Reference
Why are most new questions being downvoted?
I was scrolling through the list of newest asked questions and noticed that only 3 out of 15 had non-negative votes for the question. Is this just an anomaly or is the quality of the average question ...
What kind of questions ARE we looking for here?
I've been lurking on ELU for around six months now, and in my time here, I've seen many, many questions being closed due to being off-topic. More than any other SE site. I've browsed the meta for ...
General Reference = general clairvoyance?
This question asked what you call those words that sound like the sound they make. It was closed as general reference. Really!? How the hell is the guy supposed to look up the answer when he doesn't ...
Basic questions are not so basic
It has come up in other threads that we have a lot of "basic" or "lowest common denominator" questions. However, a few myths about this need to be put to rest. First, we do have a general reference ...
What is a "General Reference": Wikipedia? TV Tropes? Urban Dictionary?
I ask because the question "https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/10659/what-does-tldr-mean#comment111627_10659" has been closed as general reference, but the only links I see are: http://en....
About EL&U usage, purpose, and comments
I simply have to ask, and lash out (a tiny bit), about some of the comments and messages I have received on answers I've provided. I've had at least one moderator (I think?) and another senior member ...
Show Me the Reference!
It's time for everyone's favorite game show, Show Me the Reference! The following seven questions were each placed on hold as general reference within the past week: Is it correct to use an ...
I don't understand what is meant by 'LMGTFY comments'
I only just saw this meta-question here at ELU about insulting LMGTFY links. I can't understand what is really being referred to. I have followed the meta.ELU question links to the meta.SO ...
Answers that are direct quotes from references: just right or GR?
Lately there are a number of answers to questions that are mostly copy-pasted quotes from references: The origin of the term “Baker's Dozen”? and also another answer to that question What is the ...
Who is voting to close all these questions?
I just went though the closure review queue, consisting of a couple dozen questions with close votes. At least 75 percent of these questions were not even remotely closeable according to the ...
Request to reopen "Literal Meaning of 'Gosh'"
I think the closed question, Literal Meaning of 'Gosh' should be reopened. The general reference reason to close specifies that a question can be definitively and permanently answered by a single ...
Lack of research vs. "interesting" question?
Is community fine with accepting questions that seem like "interesting" but lack any research? I see these kind of questions quite a lot. Two recent examples: 'opposite' of 'déj...
Reword General Reference to include research / ELL
This is a spin-off suggestion from Add a 'too basic' close reason. I put forth that we already do have a 'too basic' reason, General Reference, but the wording should be improved. Here is what I ...
Is a question that can be answered by trivial googling a valid question?
My question is about What does 'Gentleman jockey wins the Derby' mean. The OP would have found an answer -- or a strong clue -- if he had googled "gentleman jockey". There are nine ...
Acquiescing to other Q&A sites
A user asked a question about the phrase dot and carry one. The first comment queried whether the question qualified as general reference and supplied a link to an answer. The link goes to an external ...