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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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Putting a question on hold is not bullying. It is a request from the closers to the question asker to improve the question. If you feel you are being bullied then this is a very important matter. You have two options: Come to chat and ping one of the moderators to ask for a private chat so you can disclose the bullying you have experienced, and ...


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Closing a question is not bullying. Where did you get that idea from? I have often voted to close questions, which deserved to be closed. What am I then? A bully? I find your glib accusations highly offensive, and defamatory.


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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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The central problem here is that most of your so-called “questions”: show no research present no theories and expend no effort. That situation alone merits a downvote according to the tooltip guidelines regarding downvotes. To see why, hover over the down-arrow on any question and the following descriptive text briefly appears: This question does not ...


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Please do not flag old comments unless they are offensive and hurtful of others. This is not a good use of limited resources.


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Hectoring is A Bad Thing. Individual users should avoid responding to hectoring at all. Hectoring requires moderatorial (what a great word) intervention when it damages the site. Now that's out of the way (and those answers are no more foolish than the questions), can we have a reasonable discussion please? Though in theory anybody annoyed by a comment ...


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All three of the linked examples are from the same user, so as with the recent kerfuffle over mods reopening their own questions, it's almost impossible to address the issue without referring to the relevant specific individual. In this case, the relevant user has asked 31 questions (not including anything that may be deleted) in 12 months on ELU, only two ...


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You have a right to be here, and you have a right (it is not off topic) to post questions about Shakespeare's writing. You've gotten upvotes (including mine on occasion) and answers (including mine once). Other people have a right to be here, and to express their (whatever). They have a clear right to express themselves with anonymous downvotes, with ...


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The reason given in the closure message can be fairly arbitrary. It's the majority reason. That doesn't necessarily mean that three out of five voted for it, though. There could be 2+1+1 votes for three different reasons. If the last vote is for reason A, then the voting is 3+1+1 and reason A is given in the box; if it's for reason B, then the voting is 2+2+...


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People are downvoting your questions, not Shakespeare's plays. The reasons are known only to the downvoters (though they presumably include "does not show any research effort; is unclear or not useful").


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If an answer was given, and it doesn't say "We're closing this because of bullying" I'm likely to take it on face value and move on. I might even think those people might be jerks and they don't know what they're talking about. Although, because the responses here have been reasonably civil, and within reason, not personal ("the post is poor quality, shows ...


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The custom close reasons are set already. They are: Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. A list of these references can be found here: List of general references Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered. For help writing a good word or ...


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This has been touched on before, but a brief walk through the low-quality review queue history this morning has shown me that we need to revisit it. The remedy for a wrong answer is downvoting, not deletion. Note that answers that are clear and address the question at least a little, but are fundamentally wrong, should be downvoted, not deleted. A wrong ...


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In my opinion, this is what the process should entail: The community raises an issue and makes a big stink about it The mods acknowledge the issue and post something on meta inviting potential solutions to be posted as answers The mods discuss these solutions after letting the issue fester for a week and either: Pick the one they like the best Pick a few ...


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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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My understanding is that it's OK to flag even a non-offensive comment as "no longer needed" if you just happen to come across it in the course of using the site--for example, an old question gets bumped and you notice that there is a comment suggesting an edit that the original poster has since made to the question. I've cast 329 comment flags so far, and ...


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