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Questions with a quote/screenshot and a request to explain

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There are quite many questions that consist of a screenshot-quote, possibly several, usually with an underlined part and a request to explain it.

These questions read to me as lacking effort and context. In my opinion, they would be much improved by expressing the issue in the querent's own words. This would also have the querent processing the issue themselves and maybe even solving the issue, or at least maybe getting a better handle on the subject matter.

Is it recommended to downvote these questions due to this issue? Is there something else we should do about them, or should we just let them be?

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My approach is downvote and, if it's a first infraction, comment explaining the issue with the question.

Repeat offenders get downvotes and, perhaps if this one-guy's-opinion calcifies into actual community policy, flags. I'd like us to start doing a better job of holding the line against low-effort questions, using mod tools as needed.

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