Recently we have quite an increase in questions coming in. I believe this is a good thing, as only many questions will produce good answers and this will lead to good content on the site.
With the increase of questions we can also see a significant rise in close votes on many of these questions, mostly for them being off topic. Not all of these questions gather enough close votes from the community but some do and are then being closed, sometimes not even with any helpful comments for the OP to improve next time.
This makes me worry if that was a good thing, and if we should do something about this. Shouldn't we just go on and write an answer to such an easy-to-answer question instead of voting to close it?
Closing poor questions is definitely needed to improve the site's content but not all mediocre questions are poor in the sense of what we had discussed in previous meta discussion, or from our help section.
- Should we be less picky on questions that we close as off topic?
- How do I ask good, on-topic questions for translations or about differences?
We also have to keep in mind that our community is a place for all:
- Advanced learners.
- Professionals or native speakers.
This will inevitable lead to a wide spectrum of questions where a beginner's question naturally will be basic, and easy to answer. But this per se is not a bad thing. There is consent from the community to also allow basic questions as long as some prior research effort was indicated, and enough context was given to make it answerable.
What would be the benefit to our site if we had closed (or even deleted) all too basic beginner's questions? What should we do if we were unsure if a question was on topic or not? What harm would be done if we left an answered basic or borderline on topic question open?
To help people get an idea of what I am talking here some examples of disputable questions that caught close votes, were closed, or were reopened in the last 30 days. Admittedly none of those is an outstanding brilliant question, some lack elaborate explanations or context, some are a bit broad, but I have the feeling that most if not all of them could stay without doing any harm:
- Niveau von "drum"
- What does "krass" mean?
- "verschieben von ... nach" and "verschieben aus ... nach". Do they mean the same?
- Schauerlich, schrecklich, entsetzlich, grässlich, grausam, grausig, grauenhaft - wo liegen die Unterschiede
- What is the correct imperative form of "wiederholen"?
- What is the meaning of the German verb “treiben”?