http://stackoverflow.com/faq has a section
Frequently Asked Questions What kind of questions can I ask here?
And there is another section what I should not ask.
I see questions such as Sample Question
It would appear to me there is another clear expectation from the community that someone demonstrates they had a go. Researched a little etc. The down voting rate on How do I do X, questions where the poster gives the impression they want an answer and cant be bothered trying themselves typically only gets answers from people looking for easy points. Those that want a quality result, comment
What have you tried? Or something to that affect
Since the FAQ is one of the first place newbies are guided, I was wondering if this point should be in black and white and not implied. Right up front... ie Please demonstrate what you have tried. Ideally with sample code.
EDIT It was pointed out that "asking help" is the "How to ask a question" link. It appears when asking questions. So unless you go to ask a question it isnt easy to find.
So the link is accessible.
I just dont associate "asking help" with how to best ask questions.My bad. Might just be me. I personally would expect FAQs to have at least a link. Perhaps in the extended section. And I tend to check before launching in. Anyway. what drove my question is I knew there was a detailed explanation as I read it when exploring the site a year ago. I just couldnt find it quickly when I wanted to place the link in a comment. Next time ill be better prepared.
And since i couldnt find it where I expected to find it, that made me wonder. Hence the question. Should there be a link in the FAQ section about good questions ?