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Yes, the characterization of a "just do it for me" you give matches quite closely with how I used the term in my question. It also matches various other characterizations to be found in the other meta questions you link to in your question. While people seem to disagree about whether they should be answered or not, most people do seem to admit that the rough ...


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One global number in that list is the 179,089 users with 1 or more reputation (you can't have less than 1 reputation). Another way to look at it is to check the user list, note that it has 36 users per page and 4590 pages, which amounts to (a little less than) 165,240 users. I suspect unregistered accounts aren't listed here, hence the lower number. The ...


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There are four main grounds for closing questions on the site: Off topic Too broad Opinion based Duplicate Given these reasons, there are no grounds to close questions that are asking for bad practice, since such questions don't meet any of the criteria for closure assuming they aren't duplicates of another such question. Or unless of course, they're bad ...


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There seems to be some who are not willing to change the meaning of the original question (or title), because they feel they may impede on the requirements originally posted, even if it's obvious that its useless, like "How do I draw this?" I am in favour of changing the title purely because many of us answering have been here longer than those who post the ...


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Editing titles of posts by others does not always get taken well, especially since one may simply misinterpret the question. It is also not clear if this is most useful use of time, even if one was able to guarantee that the interpretation is correct. IMHO it would be much more useful to: Use the key words that reflect your interpretation in the answer. ...


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I cannot answer the question whether or not it became harder to earn reputation points. However, I think that it should never be the aim to earn reputation points easily. At least not if "easily" means "with as little effort as possible". Examples of easily earned points include copying another answer, perhaps even without indicating the original post. This ...


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My interpretation of a do-it-for-me question follows your collection of points, but with less precision. I'd almost define it more broadly with the following characteristics: Asks to create something based on an image or a short description. Does not provide any code or evidence of research or effort. This therefore includes things like drawings, equations,...


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PGF/TikZ is now available on GitHub. https://github.com/pgf-tikz/pgf This commit officially changed all the links: https://github.com/pgf-tikz/pgf/commit/94fb28ef7e6c3323f8b81117095b82f2f0fbabb8


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Since the question is a question to the community, it may make sense to add the various options in answers so that users can vote on them. This answer reflects my opinion, which is If you think the post suggests some bad practice, leave a comment in which you point out that you think there is a problem with the suggestion, and explain why. Do not ...


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Since I'm named in the question I suppose I should give an answer. I don't see any reason for closing other than closing as duplicate if that's the case. I commented that it's probably a bad idea but I don't agree with your assertion that such a question would get multiple comments saying the same thing: why would anyone do that? As with any question ...


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As I understand it, a "do-it-for-me" question is a question in which the circumstance plays a role that the questioner has a task to do and is not so much concerned with gaining the deeper understanding necessary for accomplishing the task him-/herself. For the questioner the "do-it-for-me" question is a means to have the task accomplished by those who ...


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This may add value to the search functionality so should be considered, since we rarely use up all five available tags for a question. More relevant tags associated with a post means there will be more ways to filter them during searches. Perhaps the "field of study" can be replaced by "topic" instead...? Here are some things to look out for: Some packages ...


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I still do not really know what a "do it for me" question is. However, from how the term gets used I see that this is a term that, willingly or unwillingly, divides the users. Ultimately, by using such categories there will be (or already is) a division between "good" users who ask useful questions and perhaps not so good users who ask (or even answer) "do ...


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