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Does Web Apps Stack Exchange Require Research?

Downvotes, not close votes, for bad poorly researched questions I've been on a lot of sites, and this is what I've seen work the best. And even then, downvotes are reserved for the questions that ...
Laurel's user avatar
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Does Web Apps Stack Exchange Require Research?

No, we shouldn't make research mandatory. Showing research effort is a good practice that we should promote among the community, but I think we shouldn't close questions that don’t show research. This ...
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Why was our site's 13-year-old, very first question closed by a moderator 4 days ago as "needs details or clarity" without a clear explanation?

I believe that it is OK as it stands so I have reopened it. I've had a chance to discuss this with the other moderators, and there are ongoing discussions about the level of research that we expect ...
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Does Web Apps Stack Exchange Require Research?

As demonstrated by the community, including research in a question is not required for question asking on Web Apps. While it can certainly be helpful to include your research in a question, it's not ...
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Why did a moderator close this 12-year-old Google Search question yesterday as off-topic when it’s not a web app recommendation?

I have edited the question to remove the sentence: For example, is there an application, a site or a Google tool to search things like *.stackexchange? Now it should be clearly about Google and not ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Should GPT / ChatGPT generated answers be banned?

More than outright banning chat GPT, I would recommend that the policy should be that if ChatGPT (or any other source for that matter) is used, it should be checked by the author for accuracy before ...
Janac Meena's user avatar
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2023: a year in moderation

Data highlights: Site Name Asked AskedAndClosed PctAskedAndClosed AllClosed All closed as a percentage of Asked DuplicatesClosed DuplicatesReopened OTClosed OTReopened UnclearClosed UnclearReopened ...
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"on hold" 4.5 years after asking the question?

No, it isn't silly. We used to accept requests for recommendations, but we found that to be too problematic, so a couple of years ago the community decided that such questions are off-topic. Your ...
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2023: a year in moderation

The Web Apps SE community has practically no influence over which questions get closed or reopened I noticed some quite alarming stats: Out of 2335 questions closed in 2023, only 1 (0.04%) was closed ...
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Why is this question on importing one's papers to one's ResearchGate profile from Google Scholar or ORCID kept closed?

I have voted to reopen the question. There is a clear policy on research standards that was established by community consensus at Does Web Apps Stack Exchange Require Research? I believe this question ...
galacticninja's user avatar
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Why are some discussions about question reopening hold in private chatrooms?

With Example 1, the discussion was originally in a public room in Gallery mode (only mods and selected users can talk) with me ("the OP" referred to in the comment) and Rubén as participants....
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Does Web Apps Stack Exchange Require Research?

To quote two of my favourite Franchises "All this has happened before, all this will happen again" and "Only a sith (or a developer) deals with absolutes" The healthiest situation ...
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Should GPT / ChatGPT generated answers be banned?

The problem with ChatGPT is that it that it doesn't know when it has very little or no knowledge of the subject. It just works out what word is most likely to come next and as long as the sentence is ...
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How often / how many times am I allowed to remind mods about some pending questions without getting suspended?

"How much can I annoy mods before being suspended?" is kinda like "how many downvoted questions can I post before being banned?" The exact number doesn't matter because you really ...
Laurel's user avatar
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Why did a moderator close this 12-year-old Google Search question yesterday as off-topic when it’s not a web app recommendation?

status-complete Reopened by BlindSpots. Thanks for being open to community feedback. I respectfully disagree with the moderator's answer. I'll address the core issues raised in their post: The ...
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Does Web Apps Stack Exchange Require Research?

The answer and the current policy confirmed by Spencer G fails to address the actual close reason. Any question, no matter how detailed, maybe construed as "lacking details or clarity". It'...
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2023 Moderator Election candidates: What's your approach to moderation in the face of community disagreement? Will you prioritize community consensus?

I would respect the community consensus. In my opinion, the only time moderators should oppose the community is to fulfil the moderator agreement. This should be quite obvious, but even with community ...
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When should I vote to delete a question on Web Applications?

There is some guidance at Help Center > Privileges > access to moderator tools: When should I delete questions? Closed questions that are of no lasting value whatsoever should be flagged ...
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Why is this question on disabling the authorization needed to open Google Sheets Macros kept closed?

Update: status-completed(Question reopened) on Jan 25 2023.
TheMaster's user avatar
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Please remind people that questions and answers must contain the data

For those posts that include a link to Google Sheets, or any other external content, what about this thinking on something that could apply to posts of any site from Stack Exchange Network ? Adapted ...
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2022: a year in moderation

What I noticed about the stats: The 696:11 Questions Closed by Moderators to Questions Closed by Community ratio is very high. The 707:6 Questions Closed to Questions Reopened ratio is also very high....
galacticninja's user avatar
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Should GPT / ChatGPT generated answers be banned?

The content of a user’s post should be the main criterion for moderation, not how the user got their information. Posts that plagiarize ChatGPT’s responses, that are simply copypasted without giving ...
galacticninja's user avatar
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2023 Moderator Election candidates: What's your approach to moderation in the face of community disagreement? Will you prioritize community consensus?

Absolutely! The community members taking issue in many cases have contributed a lot to the site over the years and it is appropriate that their concerns be properly addressed. I have read as many of ...
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Why is this question on disabling the authorization needed to open Google Sheets Macros kept closed?

I'm not a moderator so I can't answer why a mod declined the flag, but I can give my opinion on the question. To my mind the question is not in a good shape to collect further answers. To my eyes it ...
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Why is this question on how to view all the messages one posted in a Slack channel kept closed?

The community consensus is clear, showing no research is not a reason to close a question. I have reopened a large number of questions that don't show research and will continue to do so. I reviewed ...
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Why is this question on how to view all the messages one posted in a Slack channel kept closed?

I looked at the meta post from 3 years ago where you asked about that question. The moderator who closed it said that you should have provided research details in the question body. The body of the ...
galacticninja's user avatar
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Why is this question on how to view all the messages one posted in a Slack channel kept closed?

This question is not yet a great fit for the Stack Exchange format, in my opinion. If I had privilege to vote to re-open, I would not vote to re-open it. The body of the post must explicitly ...
D.W.'s user avatar
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Why is this question on canceling an .ics import in Google Calendar kept closed?

After flagging the question as suggested by Cerbrus, a moderator reviewed the flag a reopened the question after making another edit.
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why did a moderator close this 12-year-old Google Search question yesterday as off-topic when it’s not a web app recommendation?

Judge questions by the problem being posed instead of the presupposed answer I think the fundamental issue here is that the moderators seem to be judging questions by their presupposed answer(s) ...
galacticninja's user avatar
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Why was my question on listing all mails in Outlook closed by a moderator as "needs details or clarity"?

I closed your question because of a lack of detail and clarity. It remained closed as it wasn't appreciably improved. It was then automatically deleted as part of the site cleanup (Roomba). You are ...
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