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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 questions, whichever of the network’s sites they appear on. Medica's referred you to the Help text; the supplementary question “So how much research is necessary?” ...


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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 Software Recommendations, however this is not for posting your favourites without reason. There is World Building, where people contemplate what is possible given ...


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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 part of their text they are actually asking about. My SEDE query shows 3341 questions (at present) where the grammar tag has been removed, and that does not ...


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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 though I'm not blessed with more time than you are. Well, here goes... searches... Ah! Here you go. In the help section, under How do I ask a good question?, the ...


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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 requires both effort and research into trying to answer it yourself. So the answer to your question would be "yes," and the reason behind it is that the ...


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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 situation or not). And it is not asking about the just the social situation and how things have changed. It is asking for knowledgeable responses about the words in ...


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The best place is at a bar: ask your friends over a meal or drink.


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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 allowance for the day. That said, six questions an hour should be infeasible, unless they are of poor quality. Take a look at an answer about question quality and ...


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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 comes without a proper citation, even though it cites "developmental (whatsit)ologists". The primary reason for offense given by the commenter seems to be ...


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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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You are implying two questions with this meta post: Why did my question get closed? Why are list questions off-topic? The reason your question was closed is because it was Too Broad. Kit's note about it boiling down to a list question wasn't really suggesting that you were actually looking for a list of things but more that answerers of the question were ...


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


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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 for pop-ups (can't believe I just said that...) but I don't like the words blacklist and ban. This is too much in one basket; should be like three separate metas. ...


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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're coming across like the commenter has done a terrible thing by not providing a reference. All you needed to say was that you're looking for references for ...


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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 for defining a good question (or questions, etc.) isn't being set too low. If all you need is >0, that might not only include, but even reward, a fair number of ...


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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 trips all three, you will start at -2 ((1 - 1 - 1 - 1)/1). The penalty is particularly harsh on a site like Stack Overflow where such a reception occurs more ...


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Moreover, even if we do indeed prefer having only one good answer, the fact that no one on SE seems to be willing to provide every valid answer in one concise post is not exactly the problem of the question, is it? It would be take an extremely long post to include all the possible variations that could be applicable. I mean, surely by now you have ...


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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 received by the community. Similarly, when a question is vague about whether or not any research was attempted at all, that question will be more vulnerable to a ...


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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. The OP, however, seems to be really interested in how to 'minimize distracting irrelevant side discussions'. Apart from being as clear and focused as possible ...


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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 apologise and more usefully please, promise the community you will never again do anything like that. More The offended user (I will refrain from naming because ...


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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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Although I thought it probably was Off Topic, I didn't actually closevote the original question. I did post a comment indicating that I thought the basic premise was probably flawed, but I figured there might be a chance someone could provide a generic answer identifying a class of "swearing" that doesn't reference either religion or excretory/sexual ...


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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 often frowned upon even in Meta.ELU, and definitely off-topic on the main site. Answers on Stack Exchange are intended to be authoritative, and EL&U tends ...


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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 you have discounted as unsuitable, and why they are unsuitable, so that people trying to answer have good insight into your thought process.


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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 quoted with proper attribution anywhere on the Stack Exchange network, and is made the basis of a new question, answer or comment. Jeff Atwood's canonical blog post ...


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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. However, it’s also been decided that it’s OK to ask for resources and references here on Meta.ELU. So ask away. You may first like to check the canonical question on ...


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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 be hard pressed to find a dictionary which includes only the syntax and morphology definition, and even if we were to insist upon it, since it is marked for ...


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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 you try your best to ask a "good" subjective question. So you have to choose your words carefully. Here are the details about how to ask "good" subjective ...


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