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Although non-expert questions are welcome, we don't allow questions which aren't founded in any way. Even expert questions shouldn't be hypothetical. Non-expert and expert questions alike should show proof there is reason to ask the question. Acceptable context/reason for the question includes: Scientific resources, such as publications or video lectures ...


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The best answers are easily absorbed (succinct and well-formatted) and support any generalizations with links to more information. This means Readably-formatted key ideas (bullet points, bolded, etc) so that the big idea can be grasped easily Images where helpful References to more information (citations are key!) If an answer states that reading is not ...


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I think back to my answer on leg jiggling. I hadn't read a single scientific article about leg jiggling before I read that question. I'm not saying that it's the definitive word on leg jiggling, but I still think that the answer is useful. – Jeromy In my view, this is the right approach: our emphasis needs to be on providing useful answers, not only ...


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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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This is a valid point, and Mark Twain's quote hits the nail on the head! You almost answer the question yourself. One way of salvaging 'self-help' questions is by editing them into a terminology question. This, however, does not mean that simply slapping a terminology tag onto a question which is phrased as self-help can remain open. Two other potential ...


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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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A good question should contain within itself a clear reason for its being asked. That is what I call the "minimal effort" standard. Including research (even if there is lack of success with it) provides such a clear reason, and meets the "minimal effort" standard BY DEFINITION. Research is not ALWAYS necessary, but the "clear reason" (and minimal effort) ...


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