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Answer it anyway For better or worse I think any of the other options are trying to legislate behaviour on the part of other users when it is probably not in our best interests to do so. There are many motivations people have for answering questions, most of which are relatively personal. Here are some (I've written in the first person, but these are not ...


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I like your proposed text block and intend to use it in the future. ("Answering" questions on Meta feels weird)


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I think an important pedagogical angle also needs to be emphasised. A significant point of the OP providing an attempt at coding is that it is an indication of their level of expertise. It's not just about helping with problems but knowing at what level you need to start your discussion from. Neither of the code blocks as presented emphasise this enough I ...


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I also discussed this before: Our Do-it-for-me and Draw-it-for-me comments don't reflect our hypocrisy. Can they be improved? and I was under the impression that it was settled. But things have changed since then. Our recent residents are getting really hostile more frequently. There is no other way of putting it. Especially in the chat room I'm ...


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I don't think that it is necessary to phrase some general rule for such cases. There is a natural self regulation: Questions on this (and other) sites compete as the resources (time and interest) for answers are limited (even the egreg resource). When there are only a few bad question they sometimes get answers anyway but when their number increases people ...


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Some simple ideas: If you want to answer just-do-it-for-me questions, answer them. If you don't want to answer them, don't. If you want to leave a comment explaining why you answered, leave a comment. If you don't want to leave a comment explaining why you answered, don't. In general, trying to legislate behaviour, especially of people who are giving ...


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I don't like this type of question but not because of the "do-it-for-me" -- after all most questions are "do-it-for-me" questions. The problem is that the question is "cheap", in German I would say "hingerotzt". The OP didn't put any effort in it. There is no information about the system he/she used and for what the graphic is needed. No context or anything, ...


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To be honest, I think we'd be better without boiler plate text blocks for this kind of thing, If a situation isn't worth writing a custom comment, it's probably not worth making a comment at all.


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This is going to be difficult, since it doesn't fall within the generic realm of StackExchange - site-specific features. Instead I propose we create a generic question that has a please-do-this-for-me flavour and answer it in a generic way, pointing to some FAQs about usages for packages, other SE sites and even third-party applications. That way one can ...


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Since other text blocks that we paste in sometimes have alternatives, perhaps both this one and the original one can be preserved, and people can use whichever one suits their degree of formality/hypocrisy.


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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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I was going to post this as a response to @UlrikeFischer. But then I realized I was saying something more than just a response, so I decided to make this one more idea to enter as an answer as part of this discussion. Much like in math, when a new field of inquiry opens up, the initial results are relatively quick and easy to solve; as the field develops ...


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I disagree with this for the following reasons: This attempts to "force a policy" onto the community that might not align with everyone's intent. "Enforcement" of this seems like it will clutter comment sections with "Please see [this Meta post]", suggesting answerers now have to edit there post to conform to something. You ...


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One possible custom reason could be Not generally applicable which is close to the old 'Too localized' reason we used to use. Many of the questions that closed after a comment trail or are 'do it for me' are probably only of real use to the person asking the question, but not more widely. That's for example the case if the question comes down to a typo/...


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I agree with Ulrike in her perspective. The problems I've noticed are various. I understand that being polite is good and I often try to word the (few) comments I post in a neutral manner. And I'm also lenient to new users (especially completely new ones). But being polite and lenient doesn't mean and/or justify feeding the vampires. While I really love ...


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It's possibly true that do-it-for-me questions have wider applicability, but they would only be found by chance. It is unlikely that people will find posts in any meaningful way when you have a title like "How do I draw this picture?" or similar. So with the site geared towards a community of knowledge, it's often that these questions are closed. ...


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I changed my mind, let them open! My useless war against just-do-it-for-me questions is over, since it causes more harm than good. From now on, I'll join David's philosophy: I'll ask for an MWE only if it is stricly necessary to answer. I'll close a question only for the already specified reasons, but I'll continue to downvote the just-do-it-for-me ...


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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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I agree with Alan's answer here. No one should feel the need to justify answering or not answering a question. If you want to answer do, and if you don't don't. If you feel the OP is abusing the site and repeatedly asking poor questions downvote (if you wish). If I had the time or inclination to learn tikz, I'd probably try to answer as many tikz questions ...


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I personally do answer question which lack an MWE or a perfect MWE if they are still answerable (e.g. they are using some local images instead of example-image-duck I'll leave a comment saying that we don't have those files available and that he should use example-image-duck, but still would work on an answer). I sometimes even answer do-it-for-me questions ...


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Answer it anyway I totally agree with Alan. I think that the principal property for a question to be a good one (or at least a not-to-be-closed one) is to have a clear title and a clear explanation of what the user want to achieve. If it is so also the answers will be very precise and it will be easy for other user with the same problem to find the ...


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Too long for a comment I’m not very active in the moment on TeX.sx (to be slightly euphemistic), so I may have missed something, but you could add a comment below the question. You can already find some suggestions in the “Text building blocks” question – in current version you can find: I want to do something very complicated: "Just do it for me" … ...


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We always had just-do-it-for-me-questions and we will always have them. They are often answered and they will be answered in the future. After all, an answer does help the person who asked the question and it gets the person who answers some free reputation from upvotes. You cannot get coffee from Stackexchange reputation ... but still, nice to have.


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After a nice discussion with @marmot some time ago. After a long thought, my opinion is as follows: In a diplomatic and democratic way, I, for instance, decided to downvote and cast a vote to close (giving explanation on "Why-I-Chose-To-Close") bad questions posted by members who have been here for a long-time now (irrespective of their reputation, but ...


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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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