Another in my aperiodic, quixotic rants intended to improve the quality of H:SE posts.
I've seen a few questions on meta that resemble "why did I get a downvote?". It struck me that I can't be the only person who has a set of pet peeves that will trigger a downvote. If we explicitly list those characteristics of a question that cause our mouse to lunge for the downvote arrow, perhaps we'll reach a stronger consensus on the site we want, and some guidelines to improve questions. I'd like to reach a state where instead of hitting downvote, I can enter a comment that effectively says, "This question is like bullet #x; if you could alter it to be in line with the recommendations for bullet #x, it is more likely to get upvotes and answers, and to cause warm and happy feelings in the cockles of the moderator's hearts.
Let me explicitly note that I do not intend to disrespect anyone in the examples I've chosen below. I'm trying to illustrate a point. While each of the examples has tempted me to hit the downvote button with vigor (and possibly repeatedly), some of them are actually fine questions that I've praised elsewhere. I am critizing a feature of the question, not the value of the querent.
Please add your own pet peeves; I'll mark this community wiki. Yes, I know that this question violates my own #2. As I said, some questions tempt the downvote, but are actually fine.
Disclaimer; yes, I've said some of this before. It isn't my intent to be repetitive; I'm striving to get to a place where I'm tempted to upvote more often than I'm tempted to downvote. I hope that by changing the format of the material slightly, we can create something that will cultivate a stronger, more interesting H:SE
Please document your preliminary research
Cite every non-trivial assertion in your question.
Don't include anything you don't want to defend.
H:SE questions have an authoritative answer
Has there ever been anything like…
How do I write a good question?
I have to read the comment string to understand the question
I will downvote any question that misuses the term genocide.
I wonder if anyone can prove I'm wrong? / You've asked us to prove a negative
If you doubt the existing narrative, the burden is on you.
It is common knowledge that … knowledge isn't common
Question does not have an authoritative answer
Quoting known Hitler apologists and/or Holocaust deniers as your primary/only source
Reconcile title with content in body
Swords were in the past, so tell me about their physics
The question is written in the passive voice
The question relies on a false aggregation
The scope of the question makes it difficult to answer
What evidence is there that the historical individual that I'm thinking of fits a historical theory that I read one time.?
What is the consensus of historians on… ?
What would google tell me if I asked?
Why didn't the world community bake me a birthday cake? (or stop Mugabe, or Bush, or Chavez, or whoever)?
Why were the majority of the population X at the time Y ok with Z when we know that Z is wrong? Is it true that Person S from time Y really did/believed in Z??! Horrendous!