I don't understand why the moderators refuse to clearly state whether showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps.SE.
What I have tried so far:
- I posted Is showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps SE? over 2 years ago, the mods never wrote any answer and 1 mod closed under the reason "[the question] includes deceitful content".
- I posted Is showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps.SE? 10 days ago, the mods closed it as a duplicate.
- When some of my questions were closed, which I believe was due to lack of showing research, I asked the question in the comment section (example), but I never got any clear answer.
- On https://webapps.meta.stackexchange.com/a/5004/18147, I asked twice in the comment whether showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps.SE, but each time a mod removed my comment (here is a mirror of my comment deleted by a mod).
Without a clear policy, closures are random. It's been over 2 years and a half since I am trying to get a clear answer from the mods on whether showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps.SE.
If moderators need more time to decide, then please don't close questions randomly in the meantime. Also, the community has made it very clear it is against closing questions on the ground of no research shown. Personally, moderators closing my questions randomly is negatively impacting my work (either professional or personal) as I'm typically asking questions useful to work more efficiently. Here are some examples of my work questions that got closed:
- Where can I see all my comments on issues on GitHub?
- How can I view the channels that I have been added to recently on Slack?
- How can I search for a string across all comments in a PDF on Acrobat Web?
- How can I export my LinkedIn messages?
- How can I view all the messages I posted in a Slack channel?
- I mistakenly closed a direct message window on Slack. How can I re-open it?
- How can I search for files with a specific extension and some file size range in Google?
- How can I prevent the Microsoft Outlook web interface from automatically placing some emails in the junk folder?
- Cancel .ics import in Google Calendar
- How can I create an event in Microsoft Outlook web interface so that attendees may edit the event?
There are more such examples. Additionally, some of my questions got removed by Roomba as a result of the closure by the moderator, such as How can I see the list of links that someone messaged on Slack, either in direct messages or in shared channels?. When a moderator closes my questions, it prevents me from getting answers, which delays my work.
I'm not here to play the rep game and I would prefer not to have to participate in Meta. Unfortunately, moderators random closing of my questions over the past two years and a half forces me to post on Meta, because it is unacceptable that a moderator serially close questions without any policy to justify their closures.
Why do the moderators refuse to clearly state whether showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps.SE?