I have the impression many low quality questions don't get closed or not fast enough. I'm talking mainly about primarily opinion-based questions, as they attract a load of low quality answers, especially from new users. Some examples:
- https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/q/21745/2953 (4 close votes, +0/-0 after 16h)
- What is the purpose of life? Why should we live or even be created? (4 close votes, +2/-2 after 19h)
- Would a clone of myself be a different person than myself? (+0/-1, closed after 32h)
- https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/q/21649/2953 (3 close votes, +0/-3 after 6 days)
- Is hatred good for anything? (4 close votes, +4/-2 after 2 days)
Each of these questions has attracted one or more low-quality answers (that is, without references, merely opinion, etc.) from new users. I think that's bad, and here's why:
- These new users somehow come from outside and this is probably one of the first things they see on this site. New users should enter the site through good questions so that they see how things are supposed to be done.
- If users see bad questions, that will encourage them to write bad questions.
Of course, this can be solved by flagging and commenting on the answers. However, I think we should tackle the root cause so that people don't waste time on answers that aren't good for this site anyway.
We should close questions that attract these kind of responses or edit them in a way that they don't do that anymore. Part of this system is going well, but it's not fast enough. For each of the above questions new users have already been encouraged to write low-Q answers, and for only one of them this has been stopped, by closing the question.
I'd like to have a discussion on this matter and see what the rest of the community thinks.
- Am I the only one who feels this is a problem?
What can be done about it?
I'm thinking in terms of:
- Encouraging people to review more (but how?)
- A new moderator? (moderators can close directly)
- Other solutions...?