I am here again for the second time in a week to ask about what types of questions are on-topic here. My recent flag for this question with a current net score of -3 was declined recently. The poster is asking for information that can easily be found elsewhere. To me, it looks an awful lot like a homework question. I’m not I pilot so I could be wrong about the ease of finding a suitable answer but in my opinion, this question is off topic. It appears that three other people agreed with me.

  • $\begingroup$ You”re not a pilot. There are many users here who are, and have detailed knowledge about the procedure. They may disagree with you, that is why the voting mechanism exists. I’m not a pilot either, and I don’t vote on questions like these. $\endgroup$
    – Koyovis
    Feb 26, 2020 at 22:14
  • $\begingroup$ @Koyovis Certainly. I flagged it from the review queue because it looked like a very basic question and had a negative score. Are you saying that I should completely avoid such questions? $\endgroup$
    – dalearn
    Feb 26, 2020 at 22:18
  • $\begingroup$ This post has good info. Downvoting is not the same as closing. $\endgroup$
    – Koyovis
    Feb 26, 2020 at 22:33

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The questions lacks a jurisdiction, which was pointed out in comments, and indeed may resemble a homework question.

No knowledge of that topic is required to agree that it is low-quality and lacking applicable jurisdiction, but since the answers usually assume FAA jurisdiction when not specified, I don't have strong feelings about it. The downvotes look fair (for the lack of research).


Your vote is exactly that: one of the votes required to close the question. The spirit of this site is that the community decides, and a majority of votes closes the question, a minority does not.

Here's a post on Aviation Meta on the closing of questions. I personally agree with what is stated in that OP, and I press Skip a lot when I reckon that others are more qualified than I am to make a decision on the quality of the question. Not many people seem to object to a question that can easily be Wikied, since those articles often have much room to be improved upon on this site.

This one from Meta is on the closing of posts that are flagged Low Quality.

You should accept a post (Looks good)

If you see no problems that would warrant editing or deleting and you are at least a bit familiar with the subject. [ANS] Note that answers that are clear and address the question at least a little, but are fundamentally wrong, should be downvoted, not deleted. A wrong answer still “looks good”.

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    $\begingroup$ Regarding the bit about answers, MSE is general, and makes sense for programming answers. Each site fine-tunes its own policy*, and here demonstrably wrong answers are deleted. (Not just here btw.) SE aims to reduce noise and the typical forums clutter. Example: if a core premise is challenged in a comment, and is ignored, and the post can't be salvaged (no major edits allowed). * A famous example is History.SE requiring checking Wikipedia before asking. $\endgroup$
    – user14897
    Feb 27, 2020 at 12:05

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