The rate of closed questions seems much higher than when I last looked at Workplace. Should we be putting more effort into helping people write the question they should have asked, rather than just down voting and killing?

Seriously if I was looking at this group for the first time, the percentage of closures would not look like a friendly community.

And yes, I know this question comes up periodically. We may need the periodic reminder.

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    It's quite known/recurring that some folks are trigger-happy and tend to VTC only, instead of editing or fixing... regardless, a post that is not fit should be closed, as that is the purpose of closing posts, and reopen when it is edited into shape...
    – DarkCygnus Mod
    Nov 11, 2022 at 15:57
  • The question is one of what is "not fit". If there's a valid question in there which others can benefit from the answer to, and that isn't a dupe, I'd rather see it left open to gather those answers while being edited rather than shut down quite so quickly. Among other things, closing a question is often taken as "go away" rather than as "this can be improved."
    – keshlam
    Nov 11, 2022 at 18:21
  • I agree with @DarkCygnus that we always have this problem with the close-happy crew. I don't see any uptick. Of the 6 current closed questions on the front page, a couple deserve to stay closed. That said, you can always edit a question and vote to Reopen it. If you mention it here, I'll almost always join in an vote to Reopen. Nov 11, 2022 at 19:41
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    My main problem was with people getting triggered by single words and closing as opinion based, just because a perfectly good question ended with "I would like to hear your opinion". That seems to be less. I looked at the closed questions and I can see why they are closed. I do not always see why they get downvotes. Just because something is off-topic here, is no reason to downvote it if it's otherwise clear. There is a big difference in messaging between closing ("very sorry, but we cannot help") and downvoting and closing ("get lost sucker"). I'd be happier if we did the first more often.
    – nvoigt Mod
    Nov 13, 2022 at 6:49

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I haven't noticed much change on the ground. But the periodic reminder is always a good idea.


I'm probably as guilty as the next person of this.

There's a couple of reasons why:

1: Checked SE on my phone - I'll be honest, if I'm on my phone, the chance that I'm going to edit a post is practically 0, whereas hitting the vote button and hitting submit is simply easier.

2: Very often, with questions that are being voted on to close, there isn't a good question underneath the layers of crud that make it a currently bad question. If there's something of merit that could be helpful - then I'm more inclined to edit the post, which leads to the last point

3: I generally only feel comfortable editing posts where there is extremely poor word choice, grammar or I feel extremely confident in what is the actual question being asked - mainly because I know I'm quite strident and distinct in my writing style and don't want to insert myself into other people's questions.


Should we be putting more effort into helping people write the question they should have asked, rather than just down voting and killing?


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