Related help: https://security.stackexchange.com/help/dont-ask
I saw an instance of a question being closed on account of lacking research effort. I don't think I've seen this as a justification to close questions in the past (although I see, generously, maybe 3% of questions), and wanted to have a definitive meta answer for whether or not these are off topic.
Reasons to close low effort questions:
- Teaches users the wrong way to problem solve (this is subjective, to be fair)
- Ties up resources reviewing + answering these questions
- Honestly comes across as a tad disrespectful
Reasons to leave/answer low effort questions:
- Adds to the repository of Q&A
- Gives newer users easier questions to answer, encouraging them to contribute to and join the community (assuming we have new users looking to contribute - big assumption)
Should we close low effort questions? What close reason should be used if so?