I've crossed over the 2K reputation mark (which is well back in the rear-view mirror for probably everyone reading this) and now StackExchange is suggesting that I review "Low Quality" posts.
I see one of the options when reviewing is to "Recommend Deletion" ... an moderately aggressive option. I have a question about this.
Ordinarily I would recommend deleting a post (or answer) if it was
- off topic
But I'm noticing a lot of posts where the person responding seems to mean well... but falls short.
I'd prefer to suggest the person do things to improve post quality such as:
- Make the question/answer more specific
- Cite personal experience
- Cite specific sources where research has been performed
But some of these ... need a lot of help.
My question is... at what point do you click "Recommend Deletion".
I ask this because, on a completely different StackExchange group, I've provided thoughtful responses to questions, providing an explanation to the OP as to why they were likely running into problems, the "easy" way to fix the problem (buy gear), and the "academic" way to fix the problem (citing articles that walk through how to build the fix yourself). I put some effort into the answer and genuinely thought it was a high quality answer (specific & detailed, offered alternatives, and cited sources to back up the claims). Nobody who downvoted bothered to comment on what they didn't like or how the post could have been improved (I do not see nearly as much of this on the Photography group ... though I did see some of it.)
Usually when I see a low-quality post, my first thoughts are "what would improve this?" But sometimes the post is low-quality because it's low-effort. So while it isn't spam, off-topic, inflammatory/hateful, etc. it doesn't really add to the discussion.
So the question is: At what point do you press the "Recommend Deletion" button?