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I've seen couple of forum questions and they get upvoted:

  • they are about problem of one person in certain code
  • code problems,bugs are caused by mistakes and lack of understanding of programming languages
  • to answer them is needed discussion often provided via comments and edits
  • answering them won't help anyone else reading this question
  • it mistakes a lot of people, because the question title looked like thing they were looking for

I've seen couple of good simple/malformed questions and they get downvoted:

  • users posting them are newbies at SE and don't know how to ask questions at this site
  • simple question, but user is newbie in certain area and don't know how to start
  • user don't know very good English to explain its problem

Is that right??

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  • \$\begingroup\$ "good simple/malformed questions" If they're malformed, then they need to be closed until they're fixed. \$\endgroup\$ – Nicol Bolas Jul 19 '12 at 22:15
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No, it's not right. Most of those should be downvoted and some closed, except for users who don't know English, and their questions should be edited. Please downvote most of these questions - remember that downvotes for questions are free!

The sad reality is that it's easier to see if a question is a "getting started" question than it is to see a question is a discussion question or "debug my code" question.

For questions of these types:

  • it mistakes a lot of people, because the question title looked like thing they were looking for
  • user don't know very good English to explain its problem

If you submit an edit, and the question is worth editing (i.e. please don't turn poorly-written "how do I get started" questions into well-written "how do I get started" questions), the edits should get approved. I try to come through at least every other day and approve pending edits, and there's so few I imagine the other high-rep users are also.

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