We've discussed single-word-requests before:
The consensus of earlier discussions was that these questions are on the low end, but not specifically disallowed. However, the last few months of experience have started to bias me against these questions, so much so that I think we need to reevaluate our decision to allow them. I'm now of the opinion that single word requests should be either disallowed entirely or subject to much more stringent requirements.
The reasons are as follows:
- We get lots of them. Lots and lots.
- Most of them are uninteresting and of low quality.
- They have a high propensity to attract one-word answers and poor answers from newbie users.
- In chat, many of the most active users have complained about them. In other words, they attract less active users but repel the most active users.
I'm opening up the floor for voting on whether to ban single word requests entirely, or else for new guidelines that will help us separate the rare wheat from the depressingly abundant chaff.