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We should be encouraging new users to participate in the community, and many such people have questions that might seem very basic to users with more experience and expertise in the field. This question seems to be suggesting that Stack Overflow should only be used as a last resort - when an answer cannot be found elsewhere on the internet. Surely ...


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I understand Jeromy's concerns: [...] the purpose of this site is not to help the person asking the question (helping the OP is a merely a nice side-effect). [...] the purpose of the site is to generate re-usable content that will help hundreds and thousands of people searching for answers on the internet. In that sense, questions which show lack ...


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As Steven points out, the issue of initial research has been discussed several times in the past. People have taken different positions on it over the while. I think we'd all like to see more well-researched questions, and I think the voting on questions reflects this. For me the big issue is unclear or inappropriately scoped questions. These questions can ...


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Unscientific framing (Proposed by Steven Jeuris as part of a discussion on refining our target audience.) This question is not framed within the cognitive sciences. It is based on assumptions which are not made explicit, are not well-motivated (e.g., referenced), or are not held to be true within the cognitive sciences. "Cognitive sciences" here ...


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Your question is one that borders several disciplines, and those questions may take a while to find their home. In this case I migrated as the question is: What justice and legislative system reforms have been proposed that account for the absence of free will? So your asking about matters of law, and afaik you are looking for an answer like: 'These ...


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"Self-help" questions are off-topic because you should probably see a medical professional instead of trying to self-diagnose / self-treat. See: Why was my self-help question closed as off-topic?


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When a question is closed, it does not show who voted for what. It simply shows one close reason (the majority, or the one decided by a moderator) attributed to all people that voted to close. The specific votes are not listed. In case you would argue this should be done differently, you can do so on the main Meta site: Please anonymize rather than ...


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As a behavioral site, I agree we are different from other science SE sites, but we are different in the sense that we have a greater, not lesser responsibility to answer ostensibly trivial and 'negative' questions. This is not a burden, but rather an interesting aspect of the site--one of the primary reasons I come here. There are so many who are ...


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I think we could make better use of the "not framed in," but I think the example question was closed correctly as a individual/self-help question: the person was basically asking for a diagnosis (i.e., "Is it something known?" ~= "Does my situation have a name (diagnosis)"). There have been similar discussions about this on MedicalSciences.SE, https://...


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I would not close them. Those questions are on-topic. We are simply not a big enough community yet to ensure we have all the knowledge available here. Closing questions of people who might actually bring in that knowledge seems counterproductive. Instead, I would (as you did) simply comment that there might be more suitable places to ask, and you could even ...


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short answer The linked question is self-help imo. Background An excerpt from the linked question justifies, imo, a closure because of self-help: Very rapid onset (15 seconds or less from baseline to angry) and long duration (up to 3 hours to flare up again) Does not want to be touched and actively rejects attempts at physical comforting pushes ...


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After providing some personal guidance on a few questions which were suffering from this problem I came up with the following possible close reason, focusing on the unsubstantiated hypothesis problem we seem to be suffering from, but clarifying what to do about it: Questions to validate an unsubstantiated hypothesis are off-topic. You either need to ...


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I agree with Steven. The broad topic of the effect of movies, books, etc. on our behaviour, affect and cognitions is on topic. However, the particular question seems quite vague regarding what particular post-movie experience you are talking about.


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Posting both specific options so folks can vote on them as answers as well as provide their own. (Off-Topic option) This question gives no information about what steps the author has taken to answer the question on their own.


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This started as a comment, but then got too long... First off, completely agree with @AliceD. Here's my 2 cents: I think ultimately it is a judgement call. Many people vote: so 5 other people agreed this is "self-help". In essence, the "community" has judged the question to be off topic, so thus the question was closed. I actually don't like the name "self-...


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In these cases I personally look whether the question is on The interpretation of the results (on-topic), or whether it is on Mathematical procedures per se (off topic). To clarify this with an example; let's look at the linked question: Say I have a go/go no task, and my output data includes 3 parameters: avg. reaction time, variance of RT, and ...


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As a first guideline, I suggest to go over the list from top to bottom and pick the first close reason which applies. I'm not certain whether SE corporate listed the close reason in this order intentionally or not, but the ordering makes perfect sense. When you can close as duplicate, you effectively answer the question. This should thus be preferred over ...


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No initial research (Proposed by Krysta.) This question gives no information about what steps the author has taken to answer the question on their own. The only concern I have with this feature would be figuring out what level and source type of initial research "counts"--but personally, I'd be fine with anything at all because even a link to a ...


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I think this particular question is an example of an XY problem. The OP is asking "how can someone prove (they know someone more than that person knows themself)?". They haven't in any way established that it makes sense to do so, they haven't set up a context for this interaction to take place, they haven't defined what it means to "know" someone, etc. ...


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Here are some canned comments I would use in each case: Unclear question: Welcome to the site! Unfortunately while it is possible that you may see your question as objective and answerable, it still contains too much assumptions that only you can understand, and thus is still unclear for us. I suggest you to start with an introductory textbook about ...


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I agree with @BryanKrause. Looking at the closed questions in recent times, apart from Does it something known? which you highlighted, the latest closures for "personal medical advice" includes Asperger syndrome (closed Oct 5) Does this implies anything about my personality? (closed Oct 2) Why do we feel the present moment has already happened? (closed Oct ...


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Insufficient context (Proposed by Robin Kramer as part of a discussion on refining our target audience.) This questions provides insufficient Cognitive Science specific context to be satisfyingly answered. Please modify your question according to this FAQ. Currently, the question shows no initial research and/or relevance to CogSci.SE. The close vote is ...


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Posting both specific options so folks can vote on them as answers as well as provide their own. (Ask a Question text) Remember that it is easier for readers to answer your question usefully and appropriately if you show us what steps you have already taken to answer the question on your own or point us to the sources you have used for information.


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