Someone voted to close a question:
I'm voting to close this question as lacking necessary research.
This is the first time I've seen that be a close-reason on TSE. (Perhaps that's just me, though.)
However, I've long wondered if perhaps this should be a close-reason on TSE.
I'm not talking about borderline cases. I personally wouldn't want to close those. I'm talking about cases where:
- There are very obvious ways to research the question.
- OP shows no sign of having done any of those things at all.
For example: Why is the Samsung Galaxy Note7 banned in flight?
Which of course is a blatant case of lack of research, as it can be answered very quickly by a web search.
BTW, no insult is intended to the OP of that question, he quickly realized the lack of research, and also gave away a bounty to the top answer. I've also posted many poorly researched questions myself on SE, so I certainly don't mean to criticize the OP of that question here. I'm merely using it as an example.
Actually, OP even suggested we could indeed close that question, to which I responded:
It's not possible to close this question. Lack of research is a close reason on some sites, (like ELU), but not here.
Was I correct to say that? Can we close questions for lack of research, or not?
English Language & Usage SE has an official close reason like that. It's in the interface when people vote to close, and there's a standard notice added to questions that are closed for that reason.
I've noticed that TSE only has three standard off-topic reasons at the moment. Other sites, like ELU and Anime & Manga, have four. So, there should be space for one more.
That's assuming there's a consensus for it, which I don't know, of course. The response to this question will tell.
Obviously, the details of this would have to be discussed thoroughly on meta before it was implemented.
Should this be an official close-reason here (like on ELU)?
I personally think it might be a good idea. I'd of course, like to hear the points and counterpoints of the community.
I agree that it could be abused, so I think that if it was implemented there would have to be quite a conservative policy on when to utilize that close-reason. In other words, only blatant cases of lack of research should be closed. For example, the Samsung question I linked to earlier.
To continue that example, how could OP make such a question acceptable? He could say:
This phone was banned on my flight. I'm curious as to why. I've searched the web for it, and I've found out X. However, in spite of X, I'm still unsure about Y. Why is that, does it have anything do with Z? I've read in this article that Z might be related to it.
Such a question would, of course, feature research, and would not be close-worthy. I believe this would increase the overall quality of both questions and content in general on the site.
Of course, we do have downvotes for that, but I don't feel they suffice. Also, downvotes typically don't do much when these questions hit the Hot Network Questions. (Which they often do, typically due to upvotes on answers and multiple answers.)