" Please read the FAQ and post some code. People will assist you here, but you must show real effort first. "
After a few weeks of picking low-hanging fruit questions - ones I can answer quickly - I find to my dismay that I've been pasting the above or similar very consistently ... to the point that I almost asked to have a "gong button" as a feature-request. NO! Now that would be silly, since ctrl-v or command-v is far cheaper :)
And I can imagine that users who've been here longer might skip such questions (?), just hit downvote, or request the question be closed. (See references below.)
I'd like to hear your opinon / feedback, not necessarily just an up or down.
Is it better to:
paste the above as an initial comment, giving the user the benefit of the doubt ?
downvote and let the user figure out they need to read the FAQ an work harder ?
do both comment AND down vote ?
( Forgive me if there is a dup on this rather obvious line of thought. I did search a lot. )
And don't forget The Unicorns of Death (tm):