We have a close reason for 'home audio' but we don't have one for the 'what's this [link] ?' questions with absolutely zero effort, zero use to others ... ever.

This is the latest in a long line of them recently.
anyone know the name of sfx? (in vdo clip from TH)
He couldn't even be bothered to type in whole words.

It's not like knowing the name would even help.
It serves no-one but the OP.

Honestly, they're so useless as a resource for this site [or any other] I find it hard to even be bothered to think up a custom 'close reason' when I VTC.

Could we possibly come up with some stock wording at least, that I can just copy/paste into this garbage as a VTC?

Otherwise we're in danger of going the same route as Music Fans, which I've stopped even looking at.

We've got space for more customs, too.

2 Answers 2


I have checked and we can add another one.

I'd suggest using wording similar to one of Music's close reasons:

  • Questions about identifying or finding a particular sound effect from an audio or video file, are off-topic since they are rarely useful to future readers.

I like Rory's proposed new close reason, but I'm wondering if there are additional aspects we could roll into it, to cover real zero-effort as well as 'what's this link?'

I like the wording used by Ask Different...

questions must demonstrate a reasonable amount of research & understanding of the problem being solved. Please edit to either a) clearly describe your problem and the research done so far to solve it or b) include attempted solutions plus why they didn't work. In either case, be sure your expected results are clearly presented.

...although clearly a straight copy/paste of that wouldn't quite work.

Comments welcome on tweaks/proposed merges of the two most welcome.

I'm hoping, if we only have one additional custom message, we can use it to lump a whole swathe of useless questions into it.

  • The reason I don't necessarily agree with this is that I think people should be able to research on here. If we have something that is truly useful to others but hasn't been covered, I want it to be asked and answered, even if it's easy to find the answer elsewhere. After we answer it the first time, we can VTC dupe.
    – AJ Henderson Mod
    Commented Mar 2, 2018 at 5:00

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