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I am confused about whether showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps SE. Requirement means that if the OP doesn't show research, then the question must be closed.

One of my questions got closed (mirror) with the comment "Please add a brief description of your search/research efforts as is suggested in How to Ask. – Rubén 1 hour ago", however:

  1. "suggested" doesn't mean "required".
  2. The vast majority of SE sites allow questions without research, and I never read any special show-research policy on WebApps.
  3. My previous attempts to ask a mod for a clear answer failed: I've asked the question to a WebApps mod 10 days ago and didn't get any answer. I've asked again 4 days ago one of my closed questions and didn't get an answer.
  4. If showing research was required, most questions (>80%, likely >90%) on webapps should be closed. Note that very few SE sites enforce showing research as a requirement: medicalsciences is one of the exceptions, and you'll see that most questions (~80%) get closed there because of that.

Could someone please make it clear whether showing research in the question body is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps SE?

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    Hi Franck. I'm interested in hearing answers to this question. The "prior research" thing on SE is ambiguous and enforced very selectively. To avoid questions being closed, I feel like for every question I have to copy a template that states: "Before posting this question I spent 15 minutes searching on search engines, called 3 friends to see if they know the answer, and prayed for 30 minutes asking for divine inspiration." Dec 21 '20 at 6:15
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    "I tried X and I stuck with Y" is better than "How do I Y?", because at least it has some context to give answer that can really be helpful
    – Kos
    Dec 23 '20 at 16:44
  • @RockPaperLz-MaskitorCasket I know what you mean, though it might cut down on the number of duplicates
    – Tedinoz
    Jan 1 at 5:34
  • I often ask Webapps SE questioners to provide details of their research. Questioners aren't obliged to reply but my purpose is to provide motivation to engage with the question - for myself (and other volunteers): to establish whether any research was done, and/or to understand the nature, relevance and depth of research, and/or to ensure that the research is consistent with the question, and/or to avoid "reinventing the wheel". Of course, this is my request - other volunteers are not bound by it.
    – Tedinoz
    Jan 2 at 2:17
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Talk about red herrings!

No. IMO, showing research in the question body is not a requirement when posting a question on WebApps SE.

You imply that your question on Webapps SE was closed because of a comment asking for a description of your research. Regrettably you chose not to disclose the actual reason given for closure. And since your question has since been deleted (by you?) we can’t find out for ourselves.

It is also a pity that you did not spend as much time reading What does it mean if a question is "closed"?. You would have found that search and research are simply not a basis for closure, and might have better understood why your own question was closed.

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    "You imply that your question on Webapps SE was closed because of a comment asking for a description of your research" -> that's because the mod who closed the question left the comment "Please add a brief description of your search/research efforts as is suggested in How to Ask". This is the actual reason given for closure. So there is no red herrings here. Jan 1 at 11:40
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    "And since your question has since been deleted (by you?) we can’t find out for ourselves." -> I did not delete the question but here's a mirror. Jan 1 at 11:41
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    I beg to differ. The reason for closure is disclosed above the question body. "This question needs details or clarity.". Also you had the opportunity to reopen!->"Add details and clarify the problem by editing this post". The question was expressed as a single sentence in the title, the body provided only a sample image of a LinkedIn request. You provided no context, no mention of anything that you had tried, no mention if you had asked the question at/of LinkedIn, etc - nothing. This closure has zero to do with research - it is simply a poorly expressed question.
    – Tedinoz
    Jan 2 at 2:01
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    I disagree on the reason for closure for that specific question on LinkedIn (if the mod closing the question left a comment "add a brief description of your search/research efforts" right after closing the question as "needs details or clarity", that pretty obviously means to me that this is the reason for closure as it specifies what the mod meant as "needs details or clarity"), but anyway what matters is that we agree on your statement "No. IMO, showing research in the question body is not a requirement when posting a question on WebApps SE.". Jan 5 at 6:49
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    @FranckDernoncourt There is no silver lining in this answer, nor in my views. If you feel that this answer has confirmed your perceived mistreatment by this mod on this topic then you are sadly mistaken. At best, yours is a Pyrrhic victory.
    – Tedinoz
    Jan 5 at 7:49
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    No idea what you're talking about but my question was "Is showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps SE?", and you've answered it so end of story. Jan 5 at 7:56

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