20 votes

“What’s wrong with single word requests?”

TL;DR Single-word requests are not the problem, they are just the kind of questions where some problems (in particular lack of guidance) predominantly manifest themselves. Only addressing these ...
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What can be done to bring up site quality?

Update: This suggestion is now live! You can see the discussion that led up to it here or experience it for yourself on the ask question page. I didn't have time yet to go through all the questions, ...
Laurel's user avatar
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Becoming more welcoming to new users, how?

While there is the occasional rude individual, perceived but unintended slight, or even an otherwise polite user acting out of frustration, I suspect that the lion's share of the tension comes from a ...
Lawrence's user avatar
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10 votes
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Becoming more welcoming to new users, how?

(I'm not sure that this'll count as an answer. Or even be useful. It's just my ramblings based on the question.) Yep, I totally agree that experienced users commenting can come across as ...
AndyT's user avatar
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10 votes

Should I double up on an LQP review comment?

Normally, I just up-vote the previous comment and recommend deletion; is this the best course of action? What do you do? My only worry with doing that is if it skews the analytics of which option has ...
NVZ's user avatar
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9 votes

What defines a low-quality question on EL&U?

I need a word that means such-and-so. (a) But I'm not going to tell you what I've considered so far. (b) Or: I'll tell you what I've considered so far, but I won't tell you why that word doesn't do ...
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“What’s wrong with single word requests?”

I accept that we see a ton of bad SWRs every day that show almost zero research effort. Those bad apples shouldn't make us ban the "requests" concept entirely. Sometimes even tech-savvy users like me ...
NVZ's user avatar
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9 votes

What can be done to bring up site quality?

UPDATE I go through swings (or is it moods?), some days I feel more optimistic about EL&U's future and permanence on the Internet, other days I feel the website is just doomed. The last week or ...
Mari-Lou A's user avatar
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Advanced users of English should be more welcome here

Everyone is welcome on ELU, not just advanced users of English. Quoting TimLymington, Stack Exchange, as a network, does not discriminate between users. If you ask thoughtful questions and give ...
NVZ's user avatar
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8 votes

What can be done to bring up site quality?

In my experience, you can't do much to change whether or not the first question someone asks is good quality; you can only change whether the second question they ask is better than the first. I have ...
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8 votes

Could/Should we create a collection of exemplary questions to encourage high-quality asking?

The idea appeals to me, but in practical terms, I don't think it is really feasible, for various reasons. Mechanical: as far as I know, there is no existing Stack Exchange system that would be ideal ...
herisson's user avatar
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What's missing on the answer flag options?

You can only flag as very low quality on new posts, I think the limit is one week old. Give this Meta.SE post an upvote if you think older posts should still allow VLQ flags.
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Could/Should we create a collection of exemplary questions to encourage high-quality asking?

You want a nice collection of exemplary questions? That's easy; simply use this link. Footnote: I once praised Yoichi Oishi's questions in an ELL meta answer. As others have said, I don't think having ...
J.R.'s user avatar
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What can be done to bring up site quality?

I like EL&U and would like to see it survive. I think ColeenV has it right, that it's not the low-quality questions that are the problem, but attracting and developing new users (and keeping the ...
Xanne's user avatar
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5 votes

Becoming more welcoming to new users, how?

It is undeniable that the minimum site expectations of an acceptable answer must be clearly explained to the new member: (1) it should answer the question as asked by OP (2) it should be adequately ...
English Student's user avatar
5 votes

Becoming more welcoming to new users, how?

SO could help with setting an expectation of required editing of OP: ?"We understand that if you are confused or stuck it might be hard to word your problem on your first attempt (but please try!...
Tom22's user avatar
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Becoming more welcoming to new users, how?

This is the first introduction to your pages. Pretty nice, right? Nowhere does it say "Please begin your tour by looking at our standards for answers and questions. Then dive in. You will be ...
Norman Edward's user avatar
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Why isn't there a deletion comment for 'needs citations'?

You mean something like this? This answer does not meet our site’s quality standards. We’re looking for longer answers that provide some explanation and context, preferably with citations. Good ...
tchrist's user avatar
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Should I double up on an LQP review comment?

Hold the phone! I have just voted in the same way as the person before me in a LQP review and I can confirm that, at the moment, when you double up on a vote...  nothing happens. As such, the premise ...
BladorthinTheGrey's user avatar
4 votes

What can be done to bring up site quality?

Just a few thoughts: Improving the site is both a question of quality and quantity. A few good questions among a plethora of off-topic LQQs is a quantity problem that affects the quality of the ...
user 66974's user avatar
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3 votes

What's the average score for questions in 2019?

We need to accept the fact that the only way to significantly reduce the flood of low quality questions is to not allow users to post until after they’ve earned some reputation. That, however, has ...
ColleenV's user avatar
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3 votes

What's the average score for questions in 2019?

Can anything be done to stop the erosion of quality on EL&U? Is it too late? Can we come up with a good idea that will foster better and/or more interesting questions? Easy solution: confirm ...
JJJ's user avatar
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3 votes
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Advanced users of English should be more welcome here

I cannot say anything about your question on 'the French word for table service'because the Q has disappeared, but I should think your second question regarding 'how most people would differentiate ...
English Student's user avatar
3 votes

Why isn't there a deletion comment for 'needs citations'?

Answers that are actual vandalism (LQP) should simply be deleted. A comment is not necessary; the vandal will understand. Answers that are not answers (NAA) should be deleted with a comment for the ...
MetaEd's user avatar
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2 votes

Questions about Very Low Quality flags

Users never see flags on their own posts, although I suppose that, if you have access to the relevant review queues then it may be possible to find that your own post has been flagged. I don't know if ...
Andrew Leach's user avatar
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2 votes
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How to prevent automatic downvotes on an answer after editing it?

Thanks to Andrew Leach ♦ for the link to Shog9 ♦'s answer on MSE, part of which is applicable here also. Emphasis added. The system will now revoke the automatic downvote if, after the [VLQ] flag is ...
NVZ's user avatar
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2 votes

What's the average score for questions in 2019?

I'm not contesting your observation that question quality is dropping, but I'd like to offer a different view of the data. As @ColleenV notes, It’s interesting that the trend is always down, ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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2 votes

Becoming more welcoming to new users, how?

I consider this the most important part of the blog post: Too often, someone comes here to ask a question, only to be told that they did it wrong. They get snarky or condescending comments for ...
Xanne's user avatar
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2 votes

What can be done to bring up site quality?

I agree with @Mari-Lou A that there may be a tendency to close too many questions. Having only been here for just under four months and having only reviewed just under 2,000 questions, nevertheless ...
Nigel J's user avatar
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