This started with this question and a few of the comments there: How do you communicate efficiently with someone who is stuttering?
One of our community members wrote a good answer to that question, listing the do's and don'ts of communicating with a stutterer. (link to deleted answer)
The OP of that question left a not so nice comment underneath that answer, stating that this answer was taken from a specific website and that there should be a link. Now, I don't want to argue about linking to sources here, since there is an etiquette for that here (which wasn't followed in this case).
It was what happened next that I would like to get cleared up. There were several comments, now deleted, so I'll have to do this by memory:
- The said answerer commented under the question asking 'what general advice on the internet wasn't helpful to the OP'.
- The OP replied that SE has it as their mission to be a place for all general advice on the internet, and reinstated in a kinder way that the answer wasn't wrong, just lacking a source.
- And then there's another comment reacting to that stating that questions on SE do require some research effort, instead of asking people to post the contents of the internet onto SE.
This to me indicates some sort of hypothetical question situation, where the OP isn't actually struggling with the communication but is just curious. This feeling get's stronger by looking at the sheer amount of questions marks in that question.
I did some research on this and:
- One of the reasons to downvote things is still 'shows a lack of research effort'.
- This meta.se post states that SO shouldn't turn down questions just because the answer is on google.
- The question itself doesn't mention a thing on what was already tried and what problem the tried solutions are presenting.
So, there are basically two things that are feeling as complete opposites to each other: We can downvote for lack of research effort, but we should also not be turning people down because the simple answer is on google.
What does constitute a lack of research effort here on IPS?
Would that be when there's no mention of what was already tried/nothing tried already?
Would that be when the question is basically a 'let me google that for you' request?
When do we downvote stuff as 'lack of research effort' and when do we close stuff for 'lacking details on what's already tried'?