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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

There are two distinct, although related, questions here: (1) Is the show-research reason for closing used too much, and, if so, how should its use be limited; (2) Should that reason (perhaps narrowed ...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

Dictionaries don't necessarily answer super basic grammar questions, so the new close-reason wouldn't easily apply to those types of 'too-easy' questions. Are we just going to migrate all of those? ...
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What resources do I need to consult before asking a question?

Asking questions Many questions can be easily answered by searching for a word, phrase, or idiom in a free online dictionary. Meaning, pronunciation, and even some grammar questions (such as which ...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

I created What resources do I need to consult before asking a question? and while that might not be the final revision of that post, I think it's good enough to move forward with the rest of this. ...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

As my name was invoked regarding drafting text for the close modal and post notices, I thought I might offer some guidance in addition to what y'all have already discussed. What's presented below is ...
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Does the community think that we need a 'grammar, but too basic for ELU: almost any book on grammar will answer this clearly' close-vote reason?

As I understand it, the mods intentionally switched to the new "answered by a dictionary" close reason to prevent "easy" questions about grammar from getting closed. See the thread ...
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Does the community think that we need a 'grammar, but too basic for ELU: almost any book on grammar will answer this clearly' close-vote reason?

That the answerable-by-a-dictionary reason for closing does not cover even the most basic matters of grammar was pointed out by Heartspring less than an hour after Laurel first proposed its ...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

I wholeheartedly support this observation and the proposed change. It should be noted that this is very close to how that very closing-reason was originally devised here, as General Reference. ...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

I also wholeheartedly support this change. I think that the high closure rates can make ELU appear hostile or unhelpful for new users. "Difficulty" per se is a completely arbitrary and ...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

In one of your suggested CV reasons (I guess it would be "usage guidance"?), you included this text: Make sure a link to that dictionary has been provided in the comments before closing. I ...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

This is a welcome change! It is very important, nonetheless, that it is not only expressly understood but also expressly stated that dictionaries are not authorities on grammatical information, and ...
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Does the community think that we need a 'grammar, but too basic for ELU: almost any book on grammar will answer this clearly' close-vote reason?

No, such a close reason should not exist. Beginner grammar books can be wrong Even with simple grammar questions, the idea that "almost any book on grammar will answer this clearly" is ...
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Does the community think that we need a 'grammar, but too basic for ELU: almost any book on grammar will answer this clearly' close-vote reason?

In theory, by the time someone has earned the privilege to cast a close vote, they are aware of what is generally on-topic or off-topic for the community. If someone believes a question is off-topic, ...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

“However, that doesn't change the fact that there's real damage being done. And we need to fix it.” I find it unsatisfactory that the nature of this “real damage” is not explained. It is certainly ...
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