Welcome to Stack Exchange! As you've noticed, voting is not always a good indicator of quality. In fact, trivial (or rather trite) questions tend to attract a lot of visits and thus a lot of votes — this is called the bikeshed effect. Everyone understands a simple answer to a simple question, so these get a lot of views and a lot of votes.
The dominant ...
I'd try commenting first, and editing - in situations like this I'd try to fix up one or two of them, and commenting politely about the fixes I've made, and why that is. If they're truely horrible, I'd spend the reputation to downvote or well.. just comment on how the answer could be better. If it gets to the point where its really too much to bear, hop on ...
Your meta question was an example of low quality.
Your keyboard is blessed with a key labeled as "Shift". Use it, please.
In English, you should capitalize:
The beginning of a sentence
The personal pronoun "I"
Of course, Stack Exchange sites are not an English class you have to take, but think about your readers. Proper capitalization will ensure that ...
There is evidence that this was posted as a seed for someone to spam their product at us. The format of the question is suspicious and follows a pattern that moderators are familiar with: a leading question that is blatantly off topic and far too vague.
There isn't much that distinguishes it from normal low quality software rec questions. It just feels like ...
Unfortunately, they don't get removed unless there's a very good reason (i.e. obvious spam, sock puppet used for voting irregularities, etc). We appreciate content, and with the CC-WIKI license of all the stuff you post, it belongs to Stack Exchange Inc. and the world! If it is potentially helpful, it will stay on the site.
If it's blatantly unuseful, then ...
It looks a lot like a spam seed to me. By deleting it quickly, it is taken out of circulation so the prospective spammer hopefully realises it's a waste of time.
It's fine to assume people have good intentions and comment. Don't worry about the occasional spammer we put out of our misery.
Downvote the answer and, if it is grotesque enough, flag it.
The system will eventually answer ban him with enough downvotes on these low quality answers. Feel free to pop in to Root Access for help.
It may sound harsh, and obviously we want to try and educate the user and show him how a proper answer should be written, but at that volume it sounds like it ...
As a user who strives to earn reputation through good questions and answers, seeing this happen actually bothers me. We let perfectly good questions and answers that took users time and effort to create and put together, just slip by, almost ignored.
Let's take a look at "Alternative to Windows Explorer for long path names". It was a well formed question, ...
This is all so hypothetical. Let's make it clear:
You can't tell people not to vote up something they see.
You can't tell people what to vote for (i.e. the "usefulness", the "lack of context")
Thus, if you want to stop bad or poor posts from being created in the first place, you need a stronger reinforcement.
What kind of reinforcement do we have?
One criterion that may be a useful distinction is whether it actually, directly answers the question/solves the problem, or just provides a starting point for the OP to research their own answer.
Most link-only answers, link + a couple of sentence answers, or just couple of sentence answers, refer to a tool or general approach but don't explain how to ...
While the whole story and your own solutions to the whole of the problem is (now) answered, the original question had left out the whole of the problem and concentrated on if your product is a clone or not.
The original question would have been better if it was asked to HP the maker of the product itself, what is to stop the same software/firmware from ...
I think the cause of this is that you asked a question about a presumed solution, instead of the actual problem.
You asked "how to tell if it's cloned?", instead of concentrating on the actual problem "why does my switch report different model numbers, and incorrect information, in different parts of the UI?".
Your answer would answer the latter, not what ...
I think you might be missing the point of Stack Exchange for a little bit there, so let me refresh your memory.
The goal of Stack Exchange is to create a high quality repository of knowledge and information on a focused topic.
To achieve that, Stack Exchange erected over a hundred Q&A sites which all operate similarly.
Users posting low quality ...
Depends on the question, but upvotes to an extent is a popularity contest.
No, pick what you consider to be the best answer.
That said, that's a pretty odd question, and I'm waffling on whether it passes the 'minimal research' test.
Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself.
Are you sure a reader will know exactly what you want when they read this one sentence?
What is "my existing account in a website"? Which website are you talking about? How are readers supposed to know what account you mean? Your Facebook account? Your reddit account? Your Amazon account?
Are you ...
You could always downvote.
In general that's what I do when I see a answer that's not trying hard enough, but not quite passed the threshold of "KILL IT KEEEEEL IT".
I also consider such questions a good way to make a point. I try to post excellent answer to these, covering stuff the LQ answers missed out.
I suggest that we encourage users to delete their own low quality questions or downvote, if doing so is the best thing for the community.
No, what we really should do is getting users to improve their questions.
We gain nothing from deleted posts. We do gain a lot from people asking good questions and others posting great answers.
Looking at your latest ...
Yes, when someone else has already posted an applicable comment (either a canned one, or manually written), selecting the "no comment needed" option is totally appropriate. In fact, the review system detects and prevents duplicate canned comments.
On the other hand, if the existing comment is manually written, adding a canned comment can sometimes be ...
This meta post sums up what flags an answer as low-quality.
Beyond the length test -- which is HUGELY important -- there are a
bunch of other factors we can use to calculate a "bad answer weight",
again, based on me personally browsing through hundreds of bad answers
by new users and identifying patterns I observed:
Use your votes to indicate a wrong answer. Drop a comment and mention it doesn't answer the question or why it's not an answer.
Moderators aren't supposed to judge for technical inaccuracies, if a post is egregiously bad or not an answer ("lol, u dunno ip.ha") such flags are accepted and posts are deleted. Else it's left alone.
According to the Low Quality Posts reviewing guide:
If the above doesn't apply, choose Looks OK. This is the correct choice for answers that are just wrong.
("The above" refers to non-answers and repairable mistakes - deletion and editing, respectively.)
That said, I don't think anyone would blame you for using Recommend Deletion on pointless, blatantly ...
We could probably have a room for "Questions that need some love" or a SU Meta question for stuff like this, the same way we handle closed votes, and tags that need to be burninated.
I'm sure there're a few users willing to put in the time for quality edits, or at least comments. I've passed on a few questions i haven't had the energy to edit to others, but ...
So, per your screenshots, you've asked 7 questions. None have been upvoted. Two have been downvoted. One has been deleted.
Do you even need a warning to tell you that you are kinda leaning in the wrong direction here? Well, apparently you do - so, you got one. You're welcome!
I haven't reviewed any of your actual questions or even opened your profile; you ...
I've run into a few similar challenges these last few days where the review system disagreed with the technically correct choice.
However just as in real life it is not about being right, but about giving the answer which the system expects.
That means opening the broken post in a new tab. Claiming it is OK in the review tab (as not to collect bad answers)...
There's a few issues to look at here
firstly, whether the question was posted there to be spambait. In this case it seems to be a regular user with questions that don't relate to the product in question.
Secondly, whether there's proper disclosure. I suppose its clearish here, and there's precedent for companies posting support answers as long as ...
Spam has the characteristic that the poster does not disclose their connection to the product. This was a question about PureVPN and a representative of the company posted an answer and disclosed the relationship. So it isn't spam.
It is a low quality answer, overly promotional to the point of being more of an unpaid advertisement than an answer, plus the ...