Consider the question What are file systems? - there is no indication of what research the querent has done, and punching the title into Google generates a bunch of links to sites (including Wikipedia) that give good useful explanations. It's a low-quality question, certainly, but I believe that flagging it as such is inappropriate, as the quality could be improved by the querent, without much effort. On the other hand, I 'just have this feeling' that there won't be any improvement, even though I've prompted the querent to try to improve it.

Should I just leave it unflagged, and hope that the querent takes the hint, or is there an appropriate flag for this?

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    It's not a troll, it's just a terrible question. – djsmiley2kStaysInside Dec 27 '17 at 15:30
  • VLQ flag? In any case I've already closed it as too broad. – DavidPostill Dec 27 '17 at 15:30
  • @DavidPostill - yes, I noticed that, almost before I was done posting this question. – Jeff Zeitlin Dec 27 '17 at 15:41
  • @djsmiley2k - It's certainly a VLQ, but it's on a topic that's just so elementary that I can't seriously believe that the querent really doesn't understand the concept even after (allegedly) doing research; the 'gut feeling' said to me that he was looking for responses that he could use as an excuse for abusive behavior or some such. – Jeff Zeitlin Dec 27 '17 at 15:43
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    @JeffZeitlin A question being “elementary” doesn’t make it a bad question – Ramhound Dec 27 '17 at 16:23
  • @Ramhound - The querent was sufficiently well-versed on the subject of computers to have earned at least 262 rep on SU (he had 363 when I saw the question). No, a question being "elementary" doesn't inherently make it a bad question, but one can certainly note that a combination of factors makes the whole thing seem "off". Or perhaps I'm just overly sensitive to the possibility of trolls, after participating in this (now deleted) StackOverflow question – Jeff Zeitlin Dec 27 '17 at 16:33
  • At the end of the day the proper action was taken. – Ramhound Dec 27 '17 at 17:27
  • And thus answered the question as to how I should have flagged it, had I been less uncertain. – Jeff Zeitlin Dec 27 '17 at 17:38

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