I notice a few questions that ask for help on puzzles. I think some of those questions can be easily answered with a computer. If not, then I think the askers should show what they've already tried with computers and in what the computers were not helpful. Otherwise, it seems like every single puzzle ever conceived will just end up here. And then 99% will be easy to answer by just pulling up a computer.

Movies se i think has a policy possibly related to this 'Unimportant trivia that does not add to the understanding or appreciation of the title'.

And just basically requiring askers to show effort. It's like maths se requiring its askers to show what they've tried. Otherwise, maths se is just gonna do everyone's homework.

Update: See here. It appears featuring computer analysis will give you unsolicited, although helpful for n00bs I guess, advice from Brian Towers♦. lol.

So, even though the intent is to make things easier for the answerers, who would not necessarily need to check engines themselves and thus hopefully show effort instead of expecting to be spoon-fed, it will actually appear like I'm not showing effort! (Well actually not necessarily effort in asking the question. I guess could be effort in improving in chess.)

If, however, your main goal is to improve your chess then switching on the engine should always be the last thing you do, never the first. The point being that you will experience very little improvement unless you exercise your brain and if you rely exclusively on the engine and other people's brains then your brain is not going to get any exercise and your improvement is going to be held back.

You should always engage your brain first and struggle and try and solve the problem on your own.

But still, thanks again I guess Brian Towers♦. lol.

Edit: anyway i don't quite brian towers' answer. there seems to be a contradiction. you said they should and i can downvote if they don't have computer analysis whenever relevant. but why did you say they don't have to? lol. (note: i edit this into the post because brian towers is extremely relentless and inconsiderate in deleting comments.)


Should questions feature computer analysis whenever relevant?

Yes, they should.

Do they have to?

No. We welcome beginners who may not have got as far as computer analysis.

I don't like such poor questions. How should I react if closing isn't an option?

If you hover your mouse over the downvote arrow you see the tooltip:

This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful

If you think the lack of associated computer analysis shows a lack of research effort then downvote.


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