Not all questions are made equal. Some require expert knowledge, some can be sufficiently answered by a dictionary. Should we allow the second kind, and if we don't, where do we draw the line?

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    I think "simple" questions will more often than expected still be good questions, but "trivial" questions will never be good for the site. Jun 14 '12 at 11:45

I think the line is research effort.

If the OP provides evidence of it, then any question is fine, even the simplest ones. I also agree with Vladimir.


I think simple how-to-translate questions should be allowed if they there's some context provided that does not allow to use translation from dictionary or topic-starter explained why he can't use dictionary, e.g.


How to translate "A" to Russian


How to translate A to Russian in the phrase "Blabla A blabla"


How to translate A to Russian? I checked the dictionary and there's А and Б options which one is more appropriate in my case (case explanation followed)

  • That seems like a good policy to me for translation questions, but it's not like we're going to be dealing with translation questions exclusively.
    – kotekzot
    Jun 13 '12 at 23:04

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