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I think (at least) three different kinds of questions are muddled here; 1) please summarize this article for me, 2) please help me find literature on this topic and 3) are there any articles supporting this idea? I think the first is similar to 'give me teh codes', but the other two can be fine as long as they show the honest efforts of the poster. For both ...


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I also have noticed a trend towards poor-quality questions becoming abundant. I think there are several reasons for the overall quality being relatively poor at this stage: The number of active reviewers has dropped; at this time there are 57 close-voted questions in the review pane. It has been brought up before that not enough people perform the review ...


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I was the one who first voted to close, so here is my rationale for voting to close this particular question. To me, this question (as currently stated) ticked almost all of the close reason boxes. It is unsourced, speculative (e.g. "...become the ultimate medicine"), broad, opinon-based ("...other fields in Biology is just beating around the bush") and ...


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After graduation 3k rep is needed by users to cast close and open votes. This used to be 500 rep before graduation. See also Hello graduation, goodbye moderator privileges?


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What's wrong with the question is that smoothies can contain any proportion of water. All the research added (in edits) somehow failed to look up "smoothie" on Wikipedia: A smoothie is a drink made from pureed raw fruit and/or vegetables, using a blender.[1] A smoothie often has a liquid base such as water, fruit juice, plant milk, and sometimes ...


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Well, I generally despise laziness. In that regard, the downvote prompt says this question doesn't show any research effort. Research effort should be applied to what they are asking. For instance, if I provide a litany of data on the evolution of Dolphins and then ask why do birds fly, I think this would count as no research effort since I didn't do ...


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Short answer Vote Early, Vote Often Background The fast closure is a hotly debated topic over the years. There are a few, yet strong arguments that speak in favor of it - Questions are not closed immediately, they are put on hold first so the process is not final. When questions are put on hold and are subsequently closed, there is time for OP (and ...


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Short answer: Yes, committing both actions is not only OK but preferable when appropriate. Voting of any kind should be made in the interest of maintaining a high-quality site of accurate and on-topic biology information. Voting is not meant to relate at all to personal judgements or individual punishments (and as such any discussion about ethics, double ...


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Just addressing the title of this question (Why?), I would add: The large number of students from certain countries with large populations, intense competitive pressure and low levels of support in education. This means that we will continue to get a flood of questions from people who only want a free answer. This makes it difficult to know whom to advise ...


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I don't see any reason why you can't do both. In general I reserve such a dual penalty only for the worst cases. When there is still hope, downvote and comment. If there is no hope for rescue, close vote. If there is reason to believe the question has serious issues, for instance OP doesn't respond to constructive comments, you can do both. If there are even ...


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Downvoting ensures that the question is eventually deleted automatically as abandoned/low intererest by the system if it is not edited in the meantime. Otherwise these closed and not answered questions will accumulate over time and they are not useful for the site.


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If a question is put on hold, or it is closed, it cannot be answered any longer. It has to be re-opened first to allow answering. If you put the bounty on it, you loose the reputation the moment you agree to the system to put a bounty on the question. That rep is gone, whatever happens to the question. If you answered the question before it was put on ...


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I think you have a point, but there is a big difference between questions that were deemed useful when they were posted, and those that are just lying around unanswered. In the first category, you will find questions with many comments and useful answers, even if the original questions could be considered unclear/broad/etc (i.e. closeable) by current ...


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I think it is ok to go through old postings (we have done this quite extensively a while ago, you probably missed that) and close those, where the person who asked them never reacted to clarifications and which are likely to be unanswerable. Or those who are too broad. The community is getting bigger and improving in terms of the standards for questions ...


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