Which questions and when to ask is heavy community-dependent. In some, there question-answer is kid's game with gifts and bonuses, any noise may be good. In professional communities, where some entry level of intelligence, education and understanding of reality is expected, "lazy" questions are black sign
Cover of old good phrase: "Do not ask, do you want to be part of community, whether ask do community wants you to be part of it"
In old good times of Net Eric Raymond fix into words existing de-facto long time before it standard of good communications in his How To Ask Questions The Smart Way FAQ. On early 2000's old hacker's culture of Net already begun to experience a strong impact of the new formation of netizens, but the old-time guideliners have had the power to resist - read this FAQ.
finding that missing bit can free me to go try something in an editor
and learn right away (and have more fun)
but stop! Why I must be interested in freeing your time and having you fun?! You want: I spend my time, attention, work to meet your personal interests. Where my personal interests here, what I'll get back? Answer on easy answerable question (known for me for decades) doesn't add anything to my experience, good mood and even a wallet. Answer on easy answerable question doesn't add anything to you too in long perspective - you got answer, not knowledge or experience of methodology of finding answers in some professional area. You don't know even is this answer immutable or not and which areas of applicability it have.
Die-hard old Tuxmans had only three (ordinary) answers to questions from newbies: "RTFM /source/", "STFW" and "man /what-to-man/" and, trust me, it help in long-time run - you'll know a lot of side details during run ("lost in the links"), you quickly learned to choose the correct keywords in web-search, you trained to quickly read large amounts of information and got good memory. And you got good reputation, because you doesn't seems as lazy, silly, rude and illiterate man.
Spend own time on own games and only when and if you tried all possible ways and still balk forehead against the wall, ask question, showing "What is the task, what you done and why you done, what you got and what you still not reach". Give as much detailed information, as possible, give (preferable) facts, not your impressions - and you'll probably will have help from the side of skilled professionals, not from the first comer, who thinks he knows the decision and wants to celebrate yet another cool response and rating-increase.
No, don't ask easy questions, work hard, and do not increase a number of "brain parasites"
Old Netizen and Old-School Admin