There's something that's been bugging me for a while, and I don't quite know how to describe this, but I suppose this would be phrased as "close-voting for the sake of close voting", rather than adhering to the rules of the site, or in other words - rules of the site seem to have gone down the
/dev/null, if you excuse my pun.
Take for instance, this question. 3 votes for unclear, 1 for too broad. The question body in both before and after edit, clearly stated that they want shell script, with specific output. In my not so humble opinion, this is fairly narrow, not broad, and has specific expected output. The votes are unwarranted.
Another instance, here, voted originally as off-topic as general programming question, except the user didn't come to us asking how to compile
hello_world.c, but rather figure out how to obtain source code of one of the critical components of Ubuntu.
And another one, here, again voted as off-topic because this is not about Ubuntu, except that according to the rules development on Ubuntu is on topic, and there's no exceptions to whether it's generic API or not.
Let's put this in contrast to Unix & Linux, our sister site. First specimen would possibly get downvotes, vehement comments to provide expected input/output, but by no means closed as unclear or off-topic, especially with apparently existing answers clearly understanding what OP wants. Or the other one - C API is within reason on U&L, and with Ubuntu being built on Linux Kernel and using
glibc, and asking to view the source code - that's definitely on-topic. By rules of AskUbuntu itself, application development is on topic, and if all of a sudden we deny questions where user asks how to develop GNOME shell extension ( which keep in mind is now default for Ubuntu ), then we may as well deny app indicator questions, Gtk questions, and whole range of things on which Ubuntu has been built. (And on the side note, I'm no fanboy of GNOME, but if it's now the direction Mark Shuttleworth takes Ubuntu and Canonical, GNOME has all the right to stay here and development for GNOME has all the right to be as a question on Ask Ubuntu).
If I had to summarize the point, it would be this: please don't ruin the excellent community which has been welcoming newbies and developers alike originally by nonsense close-votes. Having produced 1670+ answers, acquired 52k reputation, and written multiple appindicators for Ubuntu here on Ask Ubuntu, it really bothers me when a person comes and asks "How do I do X on Ubuntu ?" and the answer is "Sorry, you're unclear" or "Sorry, your desire to view source code isn't welcome here". It seems like in the process of "cleaning up" the site, some people lost the context and thrown rules to the wind. Let's keep up quality, not quantity, because that's what Ubuntu was (and I hope still is) all about.
I'll take this chance to touch on another thing. Some of the frequenters of Ask Ubuntu General chat noticed that I've been MIA quite a lot, and although I love Ask Ubuntu and it's given me so much, due to a few recent events I suppose I'll be missing even more. Although I may produce occasional
bash-tagged answers, I need to focus on growth in other aspects of life. I sincerely love the community and grateful for all the things I've learned through this time. But I need a time out.