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Here is my proposal: We do not want hint-only answers. If a question does not deserve a full answer (now), don't answer (now). Use the comment feature for providing hints. Down- and/or close-vote the question if and as appropriate, i.e. in accordance with current policy. If you happen upon a hint-only answer, kindly refer the author to this ...


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Many, even most, of the questions on this site are homework questions. Despite the homework policy, in practice the site is used mainly to help students with their homework, and indeed traffic varies predictably with the academic year. If you discourage such questions, traffic would decrease dramatically. While the homework policy suggests that we do ...


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Quality vs Quantity? and at this time I think Quantity is more important. NO. Quality is always important. You cannot grow a site by favoring quantity over quality. If you make the site boring for experts, the experts will leave! It's normal for a Stack Exchange site to start out at a slightly higher level than the final target, when most of the ...


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This answer was posted from an account that no longer exists. It was deleted automatically. The answer is of low quality: it states that the answer is yes and cites an example language but does not cite what makes this example work. It is written in an evangelist style, rather than in the explanatory style that I would expect on a site which is about ...


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Wrong answers should be downvoted and not flagged. Posts that do not answer the question at all should be deleted, and if you think a post should be deleted, flag it. Common categories of non-answers include: Spam — flag as spam Insults, etc. — flag as “rude or offensive” Follow-up question, vaguely-related digression, etc. — flag as “not an answer” Comment ...


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I think the issue can be resolved through rigorous semantics. A "question" in the form "I don't know where to even start, please help!" Isn't really a question at all. It's a request for help. Bad questions in this form can be edited into the form "What are the initial steps for starting to solve the problem...". This form has two advantages: 1) it is ...


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EDIT THE QUESTION Most visitors find threads on Stack Exchange after searching on Google. Google gets us about 85% to 90% of our traffic. Other search engines, and searches inside Stack Exchange, only account for a small minority of the traffic. So if you want a question to be found, make sure that Google finds it. I don't know how much attention Google ...


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