Many questions are purely computational and can easily be solved with a calculator.

The downvote tooltip says:

This question does not show any research effort; it is not clear or useful

Questions that can easily be solved with a calculator are like questions that can easily be Googled. They "do not show any research effort."

Is it acceptable to downvote those questions?

What is 1 + 1 = ?

I think the example question above should be downvoted.

What is 235.382 * (โˆ’4.69) + โˆš(6)โˆ’3 รท 168370

The second example question is in a gray area. Does it warrant a downvote?

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    $\begingroup$ Some certainly. But, is this really the first thing you need to know when joining the site? $\endgroup$ – quid Aug 23 '16 at 2:15
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    $\begingroup$ So that I have a better idea of what sorts of questions you're thinking about, can you link to a couple? $\endgroup$ – davidlowryduda Aug 23 '16 at 2:19
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    $\begingroup$ "What is 2+2?" Absolutely downvote. "I have this complicated integral that Mathematica says is .... I tried this technique and it failed because... What can I do?" Completely different case, although it's still just a computation a complicated calculator can solve. Most questions are in between the extremes. $\endgroup$ – user296602 Aug 23 '16 at 2:58
  • $\begingroup$ @T.Bongers Well the second question can't really be solved without a calculator, as it's essentially "How do I compute this integral without a calculator?" $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi Aug 23 '16 at 6:38
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    $\begingroup$ It depends. This certainly can't be the sole reason for the downvote. Maybe the OP needs to know how to compute something without the calculator (i.e. dividing big numbers, taking square roots, etc.). $\endgroup$ – Yuriy S Aug 23 '16 at 9:08
  • $\begingroup$ Post to meta: "Should questions stating imperatives be downvoted." Yes. "Should questions on meta about whether questions which can be answered using a basic calculator, with no effort from an OP, be downvoted?" $\endgroup$ – amWhy Jun 16 '18 at 4:29
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    $\begingroup$ As with all elementary, homework-style, questions: they should be closed (not down-voted) unless explanation is also included showing the research effort or the reason it is interesting. $\endgroup$ – GEdgar Jun 16 '18 at 11:59
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    $\begingroup$ @gedgar why not downvote no research effort homework questions? $\endgroup$ – user223391 Jun 16 '18 at 18:40

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