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[–] TimberWolfAlpha 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Is a question really rhetorical if you open it up for responses? If you ask the question, even if your intent is rhetorical, if people interpret it as a genuine question, I see no problem here. I also doubt the thread would do very well, and would naturally fail without the need for moderator intervention.

Your latter example could be phrased better, it has a terrible title, but the post has text that fleshes it out and clearly the user has something to ask us.

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[–] bilog78 [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Is a question really rhetorical if you open it up for responses? If you ask the question, even if your intent is rhetorical, if people interpret it as a genuine question, I see no problem here. I also doubt the thread would do very well, and would naturally fail without the need for moderator intervention.

Or, and there some quite topical examples currently on the front page of /v/AskVoat and at least one in the deleted log, the post gets a pile of contributions that do absolutely nothing but provide the answer the question is begging for (I think the term used in this case is ‘circlejerk’?)

Your latter example could be phrased better, it has a terrible title, but the post has text that fleshes it out and clearly the user has something to ask us.

This is where automatic modding with suggestions on how to fix the submission would come in handy. And I'm saying that as someone that got bitten by such automatic modding on the social forum we all love to hate for forgetting to put spoiler tags in the title of a submission to a TV-series-centered-sub.

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[–] TimberWolfAlpha 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I don't really see a problem with circlejerk threads. downvoat if you think it's a problem and move on, it's not a matter that should concern the moderators.

The automatic modding solution to the second point could cut some grief off at the pass. I still think overlooking it entirely is the better option, but if you get stopped before the post is out of the gates, and get to change it before discussion begins, that's at least acceptable. I guess.