Our site has had questions that show insufficient research. Often they are translation questions with not enough input from the OP. They should have consulted a dictionary, the should have tried to translate themselves or make it clear that they don't know enough Latin to do so, they should explain more carefully what they want to mean. Such questions need to be closed, but they can be reopened once the OP elaborates or does some homework.
How should the closing reason be worded? It has to be 25–400 characters, including any links to help pages or meta discussions. (We can have up to three custom reasons to close. We currently have zero.)
Currently such questions can be closed as off-topic (our guidelines do require effort) or unclear (without elaboration it's hard to tell what the OP is after), but neither of these reasons communicate the common problem of insufficient effort clearly enough.
It would be great if the text could include (as much as possible of) the following aspects:
- It's hard to translate a phrase without context. Please explain what you want the text to mean.
- Once you clarify your question, it can be reopened. Nothing irreversible has happened.
- If you have tried translating (or other) yourself, show us your attempt and tell what you are unsure about.
- At least consult an online Latin dictionary to find good translations for you key words. We can help you put them together in a sentence.
- Links to relevant material, like our dictionary list or help pages.
Most such questions seem to be translation questions, but I think the description should make sense more broadly even if it focuses on translation. Feel free to write your suggestion in any way whatsoever; these were just my thoughts on what might be good to include.
If you think the reason to close should be specific to translation questions, that's fine. We can have three custom reasons to close, and more details can always be given in comments when closing due to a rarer problem, so specificity is not an issue. Or perhaps the closure reason should focus more on elaborating on what is needed than on requiring research. Please share suggestions and ideas!