I'have to admit that I have still a problem to vote up simple elementary questions and also simple answers that could be solved by looking up any site for music theory or searching at google. I understand that an beginner of music has problems to formulate the question and knowing how to ask is actually their problem.

Should I vote considering that other beginners will look up in SE instead in music theory having - the same or similar questions - or should I vote down to "punish" OP for not looking up before elsewhere?

Or should I rather ignore elemenatry questions - like quetions asking for advices in equipment.

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    Surprisingly, vote (or not to vote) whatever you feel the best, either for you personally or for the best of this site's curation. The tooltip for up/downvoting can help as a guideline: shows research effort; useful and clear. – Andrew T. Apr 8 '19 at 2:46

I'm a believer in the idea that the complexity of the question should not solely determine its merit. Sure, no one likes "what key signature is this" questions, but I've seen a lot of good questions on the basic level, like this one, and many others. Personally, I upvote beginner questions all the time, provided they aren't duplicates (and I check pretty religiously) or otherwise worthy of closure.

Actually, your question might be somewhat of a duplicate of this, but if not, you should probably read it anyway.

And as others have said, vote any way you choose. See Andrew T's comment on the question for an explanation.

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    Actually, there was a question just the other day that really made me think that someone was testing how desperate we were for questions and whether we would answer anything. It showed a score and asked "What is this hash tag note? I know it's a black key but I forgot which". (And yes, we answered it.) – Your Uncle Bob Apr 14 '19 at 16:27
  • I remember that one. A couple minutes ago, music.stackexchange.com/q/82777/45266 popped up in the review queues. – user45266 Apr 14 '19 at 23:28
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    Note that, "What key signature is this?" is explicitly off-topic, and "what is a key signature?" is a completely appropriate question. – Todd Wilcox Apr 15 '19 at 17:16

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