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@Lawrence I disagree on this point, albeit just slightly. The research just helps us ensure that we don't provide answers that a questioner could have reasonably found themselves using existing resources. That might help direct us to the answer they want, by showing us what they do not want, but ultimately if a question is so ambiguous as to be unanswerable, that's why we have the unclear question, and it can be applied irrespective of whether research was conducted or not.
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@Tonepoet True, that was where this canned reason came from - looking up standard references. Maybe I'm just anticipating the next development :) . One thing I like about Stack Exchange is that the founders seem to have wanted a thinking and introspective community, not just a Q&A free-for-all. As such, knowing the reason that someone's asking a question is an important factor in crafting a good answer to it.
@Tonepoet Yes, that gives the OP a chance to edit their question appropriately. We definitely don't want the canned reasons to be used just as excuses to close a question. (It's hard enough to get the message across that if the reasons for closure are addressed properly, there is an expectation that the question be reopened.)
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