Dear people who like to answer "just do it for me question" (especially of the TikZ sort, but possibly others.) Many such questions have titles that are fundamentally useless for searching purposes. I won't link to specific questions, but generally they look like these:
- How can I draw this graphic?
- How can I draw this in TikZ
- Help drawing diagram
You can use the following linguistic heuristic to decide if a question title definitely needs editing:
- If the title contains the word "this", it (the title, not the question) is useless to others.
Of course this doesn't cover all the cases (like the third example above) but it is pretty exceptionless with respect to identifying a whole class of useless titles.
If you want to answer such questions, that is certainly your prerogative, but could you also edit the titles of the questions you answer to make them more descriptive and useful to others?
I intended this question title to be just A plea to those who answer "just do it for me" questions but then I thought it might be too ironic. :)
Perhaps because of my somewhat click-baity title, some of the points I'm making seem to have been lost, simply because I mentioned "just do it for me" questions. To be clear, here is what I'm NOT saying:
I'm not making any claims whatsoever about the value or lack thereof of "just do it for me questions" however you want to define them.
I'm not claiming that a question with a useless title is a useless question. It's simply a question with a useless title.
I'm not claiming that only "just do it for me" questions can have such useless titles, so my plea applies to anyone who answers a question containing the word "this" and other variants of the same sort. Although I suggest that the "just do it for me" type (as generally understood by the various meta posts about them) are particularly vulnerable to such non-contentful titles.
I'm not trying to make policy. This is exactly why I chose the word "plea". If you've been around the site especially on meta for any length of time, you will know that I'm generally opposed to legislating behaviour, and I'm NOT trying to do that here.
Could I have phrased the question in a less click-baity way? Yes, probably. In fact I could have used a title like "Avoiding deictic pronouns in question titles", but that probably wouldn't have attracted the same readership.