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The tooltip for downvotes says "this question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful." Not taking the time to formulate the question well often indicates a lack of research effort, definitely makes the question less clear, and wastes everyone's time because then potential answerers have to spend time deciphering the question ...


Poorly worded questions that have some grain of interest in them get clarified either by comments (and the help/updating by OP) or downright editing. Or end up closed as duplicates.


Isn't this just a form of gatekeeping, where you only get to ask a question about mathematics if you've already learnt enough of mathematics to rigorously formulate your problem? This question seems to be built on some rather binary thinking: either (the question asserts) a question remains open and the asker is helped when people post answers, or the ...

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