I have seen many questions that are asking "How to install / upgrade". There are many tutorials out there, so they obviously haven't bothered to do much research - they've just asked over here straight away.

I will reference this question, they don't have a problem installing it, they simply want a tutorial.

I will reference this one (other has been closed and I don't have a screenshot of it).

Image, for when it is closed:

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Should this be flagged and or downvoted or answered?

  • Can someone provide a screenshot of the question for reference?
    – guntbert
    Commented Jun 21, 2014 at 20:23

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That one question fits the definition of too broad, you will need to write the equivalent of a book to start answering the question. Also, I would downvote it, it doesn't show any research effort, and it's unclear. Seriously, there's just too much wrong with that question that isn't worth anyones effort.

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    On meta, acceptance really doesn't mean much except to say I agree with this.
    – Mahesh
    Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 6:57

Forward them to the one how to install question a lot of them are forwarded to. And downvote. Or don't.


The question looks like posted by a person who has no knowledge of Ubuntu. He/She was trying to install Ubuntu on a windows machine and the question is the genuine one that comes to the mind of a person who have no idea of what to do next. And most people fail to find a correct answer on-line first time when they try.

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