I experienced it several times, that beginner questions are closed or downvoted on SO. Now I read the FAQ and found the following.
A question is closed if it is
- exact duplicate
- off topic
- not constructive
- not a real question
- too localized
What about if everyone who votes for a close has to submit a comment why it should be closed? The same with downvoting. Most people vote down without saying explicitely why. It would help the questioner to improve the question.
Neverthless, instead of simply providing an answer to a apparantly simple questions you get downvoted and closed. Why they cannot provide a solution even the question is simple?
Last time I made a Google research and didn't found the information I was looking for. So I started a question here. I got immediately two votes for a close. After trying further I found the solution. But this information will never be seen and found by others, because I deleted the question because of down votes. In this case you can say that I didn't made enough research, but the question also included a continuative question which also will be never answered. Why there is no place for beginner questions here? Another time I also asked a questions and searched for hours for an solution. But the solution was so simple that it is embarassing to post the solution. But I never got a clear answer.
Apart from that SO is a good thing and I like it. And now downvote and close my question ;)