Sometimes I feel really bad for someone who has just 10 or 20 rep and gets downvoted once or twice. In most cases, the downvoter doesn't leave feedback.
I know that downvoting has it's time and place, and that negative feedback is vital to keep users in line. However, I do feel like newer users should be given some kind of incentive to keep posting answers.
So here's my question(s):
Suppose if a newer user posts a response or question that may or may not be wrong, and shows lack of research and lack of depth. (I'm setting up the situation such that if someone with higher rep posted it, they would certainly not be upvoted)
Should you upvote this question to encourage the user to keep posting answers, and let them learn the "right" way to post a question/answer later?
Should you downvote this user so that they learn the "right" way right from the start?
Do the answers to 1. and/or 2. change if this user has been neg-rep'ed? (i.e. +1 to offset -1)
If those who neg-rep do not explain why, should you explain this to the newer user? Or is it not your place to do so?
Basically, do new users get points just for trying?