After my recent discussion starter (Towards a policy for hint-only answers) and some chat conversations, I think that the biggest problem we have with questions now is if they don't contain a (real) question.
While a definition of what we mean by real question is pending (right now, we are acting on a template basis with an "I know it when I see it" paradigm), I think this covers the most common problem posts: dumps and check-my-work.
Why do I think these are problematic? Well, we don't want them but we don't have a clear-cut argument for closing. We often use "unclear" which confuses people; it usually is quite clear what the OP wants! It's not clear what their problem is, though; in other words, there is no real question.
SE used to have a closing reason "not a real question", which I think would be more apt for these types of question-posts. We can bring it back as a custom close reason, if we want to.
So, here's my query for discussion:
- What constitutes a real question for us?
- Do we want a "no real question" closing reason?