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It is the obvious thing to flag a question like:

What is the meaning of "white"?

as being off-topic (answer to be found in a dictionary).

What about questions like the following:

#How to use "until" grammatically correct Which one is grammatically correct ?

  1. I waited there until he had come.
  2. I waited there until he came.

What's the rule?

The answer can be found in any grammar book. I flagged myself several of these questions, nothing seems to happen as a result.

Therefore I became curious: what is the recommended handling of these questions? What is supposed to happen? I admit that I might have the wrong understanding.

Note: I encountered "countless" questions with this pattern, some of them not even asking for rules.

Note: I searched on ELL and ELL Meta and I did not find something similar.


Edit: I finally found a better example. Please have a look at the questions posted by this user.

Many (most?) of them follow the same pattern of a quiz, and I cannot notice any improvement in the quality of the questions (actually, I do not even notice an effort to improve). Am I wrong in my assessment?

question1 question2 question3 question4

It is the obvious thing to flag a question like:

What is the meaning of "white"?

as being off-topic (answer to be found in a dictionary).

What about questions like the following:

#How to use "until" grammatically correct Which one is grammatically correct ?

  1. I waited there until he had come.
  2. I waited there until he came.

What's the rule?

The answer can be found in any grammar book. I flagged myself several of these questions, nothing seems to happen as a result.

Therefore I became curious: what is the recommended handling of these questions? What is supposed to happen? I admit that I might have the wrong understanding.

Note: I encountered "countless" questions with this pattern, some of them not even asking for rules.

Note: I searched on ELL and ELL Meta and I did not find something similar.


Edit: I finally found a better example. Please have a look at the questions posted by this user.

Many (most?) of them follow the same pattern of a quiz, and I cannot notice any improvement in the quality of the questions (actually, I do not even notice an effort to improve). Am I wrong in my assessment?

question1 question2 question3 question4

It is the obvious thing to flag a question like:

What is the meaning of "white"?

as being off-topic (answer to be found in a dictionary).

What about questions like the following:

#How to use "until" grammatically correct Which one is grammatically correct ?

  1. I waited there until he had come.
  2. I waited there until he came.

What's the rule?

The answer can be found in any grammar book. I flagged myself several of these questions, nothing seems to happen as a result.

Therefore I became curious: what is the recommended handling of these questions? What is supposed to happen? I admit that I might have the wrong understanding.

Note: I encountered "countless" questions with this pattern, some of them not even asking for rules.

Note: I searched on ELL and ELL Meta and I did not find something similar.

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It is the obvious thing to flag a question like:

What is the meaning of "white"?

as being off-topic (answer to be found in a dictionary).

What about questions like the following:

#How to use "until" grammatically correct Which one is grammatically correct ?

  1. I waited there until he had come.
  2. I waited there until he came.

What's the rule?

The answer can be found in any grammar book. I flagged myself several of these questions, nothing seems to happen as a result.

Therefore I became curious: what is the recommended handling of these questions? What is supposed to happen? I admit that I might have the wrong understanding.

Note: I encountered "countless" questions with this pattern, some of them not even asking for rules.

Note: I searched on ELL and ELL Meta and I did not find something similar.


Edit: I finally found a better example. Please have a look at the questions posted by this user.

Many (most?) of them follow the same pattern of a quiz, and I cannot notice any improvement in the quality of the questions (actually, I do not even notice an effort to improve). Am I wrong in my assessment?

question1 question2 question3 question4

It is the obvious thing to flag a question like:

What is the meaning of "white"?

as being off-topic (answer to be found in a dictionary).

What about questions like the following:

#How to use "until" grammatically correct Which one is grammatically correct ?

  1. I waited there until he had come.
  2. I waited there until he came.

What's the rule?

The answer can be found in any grammar book. I flagged myself several of these questions, nothing seems to happen as a result.

Therefore I became curious: what is the recommended handling of these questions? What is supposed to happen? I admit that I might have the wrong understanding.

Note: I encountered "countless" questions with this pattern, some of them not even asking for rules.

Note: I searched on ELL and ELL Meta and I did not find something similar.

It is the obvious thing to flag a question like:

What is the meaning of "white"?

as being off-topic (answer to be found in a dictionary).

What about questions like the following:

#How to use "until" grammatically correct Which one is grammatically correct ?

  1. I waited there until he had come.
  2. I waited there until he came.

What's the rule?

The answer can be found in any grammar book. I flagged myself several of these questions, nothing seems to happen as a result.

Therefore I became curious: what is the recommended handling of these questions? What is supposed to happen? I admit that I might have the wrong understanding.

Note: I encountered "countless" questions with this pattern, some of them not even asking for rules.

Note: I searched on ELL and ELL Meta and I did not find something similar.


Edit: I finally found a better example. Please have a look at the questions posted by this user.

Many (most?) of them follow the same pattern of a quiz, and I cannot notice any improvement in the quality of the questions (actually, I do not even notice an effort to improve). Am I wrong in my assessment?

question1 question2 question3 question4

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