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I have come across many questions on the site that are very trivial and get closed. However, it is still helpful for the person asking the question to get an answer.

I was thinking there should be a way to continue helping a person with a trivial question privately. Which could consist of either just a private message system or something on a larger scale that would give more reputation for helping these people.

Just a thought. Let me know what you think.

  • RE: Private messaging - see here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/57537/… – Ash Dec 12 '13 at 6:42
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    I don't understand the insane strictness of this site. I guess the site cares more about itself than helping people. Understandable, yet disappointing. – Kecoey Dec 12 '13 at 6:48
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    I think it comes down to wanting to maintain a certain quality of questions and answers, and also not be a forum or a social network. – Ash Dec 12 '13 at 6:59
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    You can still comment on closed questions. If it's really that trivial, put the answer there. – Robotnik Dec 12 '13 at 7:39
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    @Kecoey if some people here would losen their tight a bit and not be so hostile especially to new people with new ideas, that would be possible. But unfortunately this site has already a large number of users that are here everyday and they stick together. It is the same problem that every wiki site has, even Wikipedia. There it is even more extreme. It is not community moderated, it is more a dictatorship of a few people over everyone else. – BadSnowflake Dec 13 '13 at 1:22
  • @Assylum The entire SE network is predicated on gathering, and keeping, experts. This is the whole premise behind ensuring that the standards put in place keep those experts here. We're not GameFAQs, and we don't aim to be. These standards are what set Arqade apart from the rest of the gaming sites out there. Without that, you'd quickly see the experts abandon ship. – Frank Dec 14 '13 at 0:46
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    @fbueckert Those "Experts" do nothing but copying answers from Google most of the time. I have yet to see an answer that was not already posted somewhere else. Besides that, you and others are stomping on new users whenever you can, driving them away if they do not meet your "requirement". If you want this to be an elitist site, then make it invite only or stop being so straight hostile and focus the site on helping people. Even Stack Overflow is a better place to be than Arqade and they are already very strict. – BadSnowflake Dec 14 '13 at 2:13
  • @fbueckert Also, for most stuff i have to Google, GameFags has a higher Google ranking than Arqade most of the time. – BadSnowflake Dec 14 '13 at 2:14
  • @Assylum I believe I have a single answer that I googled. If you had seen any of my answers, you would see I tend to put a lot of work into them, and you won't find them elsewhere (unless it's being used by somebody else, which has happened before). As for stomping on new users, we try hard to be welcoming and friendly. But it's not solely our responsibility to welcome new users; it's also their job to adapt to our requirements. Which you seem to be doing rather well at this point. You had a rough patch at the beginning, and your attitude didn't help, but you're alright now. – Frank Dec 14 '13 at 7:04
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    @fbueckert Not everything is solely about you. And what about MY attitude? Think about yours for a minute. Your personal attacks don't make you look any better. I surely do not need your confirmation or acceptance to post here. – BadSnowflake Dec 14 '13 at 8:53
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One thing to keep in mind is that we have our quality standards for a reason. Stack Exchange exists as a place to ask questions that are useful for the general public, and get answers which provide solutions to those questions. We prefer generalised questions that will have a use beyond an individual but there are some exceptions.

Additionally, we are not a social network, which is why there are no private messaging features.

Here are some answers to the points you've made:

I have come across many questions on the site that are very trivial and get closed.

Some examples would be useful, we do have some relatively simple questions on the site that result in high votes and high amounts of views, so generally if such a question gets closed it is for another reason (like being very low quality, speculation on new features or unreleased content or developer intent), or being a question that is so straightforward that finding an answer to the question is literally a case of typing your question into Google and clicking the first link.

However, it is still helpful for the person asking the question to get an answer.

I agree, and we try to answer any question that meets our quality standards for this exact reason.

I was thinking there should be a way to continue helping a person with a trivial question privately.

This functionality already exists, it is called chat and it's available at chat.stackexchange.com - the only requirements are that one of the people involved in the discussion has at least 100 reputation (to create a chat room) and that the other users have at least 20 reputation (to be able to chat). Since all users have at least 1 reputation, this is a case of generating 19 reputation, which is relatively easy. If you're struggling to generate the 19 reputation required to chat, try improving the quality of some other questions and answers by using the "suggest edit" feature.

I don't understand the insane strictness of this site. I guess the site cares more about itself than helping people.

This has previously been covered in a Stack Exchange podcast; essentially while you may think that allowing your one trivial question to exist is for the betterment of the site, what would happen over time is more and more people would use your one trivial question as justification for why their one trivial question should remain, and before you know it, the entire site would consist of trivial questions, both hiding and discouraging the actual in depth questions from existence. Over time, this would essentially result in the failure of the site.

  • I've seen questions be downvoted into oblivion for being "too trival", but I don't think I've seen them closed for that reason, even in the case of "literally type it into Google and click the first result" that you describe. To my knowledge, that is not a valid close reason. I agree that seeing some examples of the questions he's seen closed for being "too trivial" would be useful, as I suspect they were closed for other reasons. – Sterno Dec 12 '13 at 14:47
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I honestly think that chat rooms should be enough. It's very easy to get the reputation required to chat and it shouldn't be a problem getting trivial help in the chat. If one of the users has enough reputation, you could create gallery chat rooms, where only the two of you can talk.

Alternatively, if the solution is quick and simple, you can just leave a comment.

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