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Does a question which shows no research, no effort deserve a downvote?

Absolutely it can be downvoted. Even the tooltip on the downvote button mentions a lack of evidence of research as a reason to downvote. Stack Exchange has never looked kindly on gimmethecodez ...
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Where SHOULD you ask opinion-based questions?

There is no site on the Stack Exchange network to ask questions of the type "What is your favourite X?". There are some sites on the network that allow questions about recommendations, such as ...
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Proposal for selective blacklisting

Yes, yes, yes: just do it already! The suggested title ban would definitely be a good thing: it places a hurdle on blindly asking proof-reading questions, and might cause posters to think about which ...
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Does a question which shows no research, no effort deserve a downvote?

Did you search the help section before asking this question? If you did, can you show us what you found, and what you're having a problem with? No? Hmmm... that means I have to do it for you, even ...
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Would "Is 'maiden name' now considered sexist" be off-topic? Can I ask if née replaces it in the same question?

Yes, it is on-topic. Asking for questions to elucidate the nuance of meaning in words is one essential use of ELU. It is not asking for opinions about the meaning (whether you like or support the ...
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Does a question which shows no research, no effort deserve a downvote?

Einstein once said, if I had 60 minutes to solve a problem I would spend 55 minutes thinking about the right question to ask, and 5 minutes on the solution. Thinking of the right question to ask ...
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Where SHOULD you ask opinion-based questions?

The best place is at a bar: ask your friends over a meal or drink.
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Are there any limitation to the number of posts for a certain period?

We do have a limit, but it's based on a number of days not hours: six questions per day, and fifty per month. So you would be allowed to submit six questions in an hour, but that would use up your ...
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Is it offensive to use someone's comment as a basis of another question on its own?

Objectively, what you did seems to be above board. Subjectively, the use of the word "Sadly" in your new question may have been taken to have cast aspersions on the commenter: Sadly, this comment ...
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Can a placeholder text be added to the question body box?

Yes, I love this idea. SE Devs should definitely add it. Quick and easy, and should be harder to ignore than the "How to ask" (which is off to the side).
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7 votes

Where SHOULD you ask opinion-based questions?

Opinion-based questions might (or might not) be more appropriate on the Quora service than here.
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7 votes

Proposal for selective blacklisting

Disallowing “grammatically correct” and such would only make it harder to spot the questions that are off topic; they'd just put an even crappier title consisting of gibberish if necessary. I'm all ...
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Is it offensive to use someone's comment as a basis of another question on its own?

Your title here is very misleading. Of course it is ok to quote a comment or part of an answer. What is bad about your LL question is the framing. You're disparaging the contents of the quote. You'...
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How curious are you? — or — Tallied ELU “Asking-Day Badges”–Proposal Results

A couple of clarifications: The score for determining a "positive record" does deduct a point from the numerator for each negatively scored questions, closure, and deletion. So if your first question ...
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How curious are you? — or — Tallied ELU “Asking-Day Badges”–Proposal Results

All of us would love to see more good questions on the site. Creating a badge for good questions seems immediately like a good idea. So, on the one hand, I like it. However, I'm uncertain if the bar ...
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Does a question which shows no research, no effort deserve a downvote?

This is a generality: The more effort you put into a question – which includes sharing at least a summary of the research you did prior to asking the question – the better your question will be ...
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Is it offensive to use someone's comment as a basis of another question on its own?

Clearly the person you quoted was offended, as I take from this quote from this comment: gaazkam, what you seem to have done there appears very deeply offensive. You need both to rectract it and to ...
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Proposal for selective blacklisting

By all means. But I doubt whether it will have much effect. I personally think we need AI to detect a subset of off-topic questions, and will be proposing that.
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Would "Is 'maiden name' now considered sexist" be off-topic? Can I ask if née replaces it in the same question?

Mitch has already explained why the question would be within the topic of this site and the upvotes, together with the absence of downvotes, suggest that there is a considerable agreement about that. ...
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Are Reference Requests on-topic?

This might be more of a work-around than an answer proper. Bare requests for papers are a mixed bag - there is some precedent for it, but aside from maintaining the canonical list of references, it's ...
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Can I ask for the "identification" of a word depending on a meaning?

Yes, you can make single-word-requests. Please read our guidelines for such questions. IMO the most important things to do are to provide a sentence you want to use the word in and provide any words ...
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Is it offensive to use someone's comment as a basis of another question on its own?

Is it offensive to use someone's comment as a basis of another question on its own? To answer your question as posed: It is sad but true[1] that a member cannot really object if their comment is ...
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Are Reference Requests on-topic?

The EL&U community has decided, like many stack sites, that reference requests are off-topic on the main site, as being liable to turn into subjective popularity contests / shopping lists. ...
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Proposal for selective blacklisting

I agree with Andrew Leach's post for the most-part, and would like to add that I believe the word is much more polysemous than most of us give it credit for being so it is confusing as a tag. You will ...
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Where SHOULD you ask opinion-based questions?

Not the questions like your example but you can ask "good" subjective questions on EL&U or other Stack Exchange sites (subject to the rules). Although, community doesn't agree sometimes even if ...
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