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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, but it seems like a lot of these questions are single-word-requests. This isn't really surprising considering most of our questions (closed or not) are tagged ...


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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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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 so has been simply awful. The flood of not low – but extremely low-quality questions – is just too depressing for words. Hmm... maybe I should post that ...


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Even after reading the community manager guidance in When Should I Vote to Delete, this still doesn't strike me as a high-value activity. Some might consider these questions "broken windows", but if the broken window is tucked away in the basement and you only see it when you specifically search for that kind of window, is it really that harmful to the site?...


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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 seen good results if questions are closed with the intent of helping the author bring them on topic and are quickly reopened after an author takes the first ...


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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 interest of the many people who have already made so many great contributions). Stack Exchange (and its Q&A model) are relatively new and operate in a ...


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There's nothing wrong with encouraging folks to contribute to the site in new ways, but a lot of this question seems to be geared at highlighting that only a couple people are doing the bulk of the edits, as if that's somehow a bad thing. Editing, deletion, tag cleanup, etc. - these are privileges that are earned and can be exercised when you choose to. ...


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The (possibly overlapping) reasons I can think of that might discourage people to edit less-than-optimally phrased questions are as follows: 1) The question is not interesting enough, or seems too parochial or restricted in its scope, to stimulate much desire to improve it. 2) Users might suspect that the question is so unsalvageable, or so off-topic, or ...


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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 site. First, as noted, new users just ask, no matter the rules, and to reduce the unavoidable quantity of off-topic LQQs, the only thing that might work, in my ...


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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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I am a compulsive tidy-upper and throw-it-awayer, so I jumped on the Delete Queue enthusiastically and voted to delete five questions I thought had no redeeming qualities. I was too hasty on one of them, because the f-word turns me off, utterly. Not a good reason, as @Mari-Lou A pointed out above. The answers were worthy of keeping. Fortunately, I was ...


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I made a blueprint a while back. It can easily be used as copy paste boilerplate. Feel free to use it when tackling the tag wikis.


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Update SEDE 20-11-2016: There are now over 3.200 questions with a negative score. There are now ~600 closed questions with a negative score and pending delete votes.


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The fact that editing bumps a post probably stops 90% of my would-be edits. "Avoid trivial" is another 9%. -I would certainly love fix that spelt mestake for u, but they aksed me not too. On a site with more than 2k, I'm very cautious about my instantaneously approved edits. On one with less rep I don't want to waste the time of an approver but I'm more apt ...


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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 I find it too easy (especially when tired) to vote closure rather than make a definite attempt to rescue a potentially interesting and informative question, ...


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It may be helpful for all involved to be specific about what constitutes a high quality question. Certainly, duplicate questions, questions unrelated to any facet of the English language, or inflammatory questions--fall into the "low quality" (the undesirables) category. Of course no one wants this place to be treated like a translation service--so I can ...


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