This question is an generalized version of my previous question on meta:
For me there are two types of questions, 1. Conceptual, 2. Problem solving. The so called homework questions falls under problem solving on MSE. On some sites like Phys.SE(there might be others but I'm only familiar with this) problem solving questions are not allowed. Homework has a totally different meaning on Phys.SE. On Phys.SE the ultimate reason of closing and downvoting a question is taken if the question doesn't fit into the Big picture, that is those questions which are not interested to the majority(not getting good traffic). Due to their unfriendly policies I've stopped participating there and now I'm trying to make a better Phys community website alike our Math.SE.
Since each SE website has its own set of rules and culture I am inclined to know what is the culture of M.SE and upon which behalf users vote here. Since my previous meta post was downvoted too much I get paranoid and started to downvote posts of others. I have downvoted 3 questions:
Sadly the first one and the third one are deleted by their authors. I do not remember why I downvoted the first one. I downvoted the second one keeping in mind that it does not show enough effort by the OP to solve the question on his own. I downvoted the third one because it doesn't show enough research effort. I also downvoted all of them because they seem not be useful to the broader community hence their presence is against SE goals(though I am against SE rules; this is a sarcastic reason). While I am sure that they are not good for SE system I have doubt this is not the MSE's culture to downvote a question just because it is not useful to the broader community.
Are my downvotes appropriate?
I also do not know how much research the OP of a question is expected to do before asking a question on this website which is a part of Stack Exchange network. Different SE websites have difference policies e.g. here on Math.SE we allow beginner(perhaps they are not allowed; as my two basic question seem to be downvoted because they are beginner level) and problem solving questions while on other sites(like Phys.SE) they are not allowed.
I usually spent most of my time on phys.SE, hence I am familiar with their policy(forth coming) about how much research one should do before asking a question.
- How much research is considered as sufficient prior research before asking a conceptual question? Thus downvote a question because it does not show enough research effort?
- Does one have to mention his/her research in the question, that is does he/she is ought to tell what he/she has searched on google, wikipedea and which books he/she has read before asking a conceptual question?
I've read this post, it is explaining mainly why problem solving question is downvoted. That post doen't explain why a conceptual question is downvoted.
- Does MSE users downvote a question because it doesn't fit into the big picture and does not fulfill SE's goals?
- Why my previous meta post has been downvoted? Why people do not like that post? What is the purpose of meta then, if I can't ask for how to improve my post on meta?
- Do users downvote the questions which are off-topic, e.g. this question of mine which probably fits better on Philosophy.SE.
- What is the culture of Math.SE in contrast to the culture of Phys.SE?