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To me, it seems many unclear and broad questions are receiving answers and upvotes because the community as a whole are not thinking critically about the quality of the question before posting an anwer. So long as there is some type of problem the OP needs help with, people seem overly emphatic to help out in pursuit of the votes and reputation that they can ...


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Simply put, if you don't give people a reason to believe you, then they shouldn't believe you. You should be working to convince the asker that your answer is the correct one, and writing only a short statement is a poor way of doing so. If an answer is only one or two sentences and nothing more, then in my opinion it should be at the very least ignored for ...


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The only way to improve question quality is: Properly and frequently use upvotes and downvotes: Upvote good questions and downvote bad ones. This demonstrates to anyone visiting our site the level of quality we expect, as well as provides examples of how to form a good question. Using both types of votes is really important: Upvotes ensure good questions ...


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There are two questions that we should use to evaluate answers. "Does it fit our definition of a lifehack?" The current definition defined in our scope is as follows: A lifehack is a technique that can be implemented quickly and is used to make one's physical life more efficient when a more standard approach (as defined by that area's experts) ...


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Here are some things that I think we can do to improve question quality: Look at every question you've posted, and make sure it includes A problem that won't be solved by conventional means Why that problem can't be solved by conventional means You don't have to do research to ask a question, but please put a little effort into your question; see points 1 ...


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The "safest" answers here aren't hacks. I wouldn't say safest, not by a long shot, conventional answers even those that may not be terribly conventional tend to collect downvotes. That post of mine that you linked to is a good example of that, it currently has a score of +5/-4. If you want a better example try this one, it is an entirely conventional ...


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My concern especially applies to all the questions which are borderline howto-questions, and might show little (or no effort) in searching for solutions, or might not require lifehacks at all. The only "How to..." questions that are off-topic, according to the help center page, are those "about skills that can commonly be learned elsewhere". Questions such ...


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My take is that the questions being asked the first few days here are mostly made up questions. They are not sincere and the quality of the questions and answers reflect that. We can and need to require questions to be of a high quality regardless of whether or not they are within the scope of this Q&A. At this time when this site is in private beta ...


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