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. Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 15:30
  • VLQ flag? In any case I've already closed it as too broad.
    – DavidPostill Mod
    Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 15:30
  • @DavidPostill - yes, I noticed that, almost before I was done posting this question. Commented Dec 27, 2017 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. Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 15:43
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    @JeffZeitlin A question being “elementary” doesn’t make it a bad question
    – Ramhound
    Commented Dec 27, 2017 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 Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 16:33
  • At the end of the day the proper action was taken.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 17:27
  • And thus answered the question as to how I should have flagged it, had I been less uncertain. Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 17:38


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