On Stack Overflow, I frequently I find myself looking at questions which have been asked to the best of the person's ability, but are consistently hit with down-votes and excerpts from this, which a lot of people seem to be readily resorting to when they can attempt to answer the question and do understand what is being asked.. but dismiss it with an arbitrary reference to the question guidelines (yes, this has happened to me recently).
It seems like SO has become more of a place for rapid fire 'get-rep-quick' answers and less 'how can I help this person by thinking about what they asked'.
For example, getting hit with the quote:
Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Include attempted solutions, and why they didn't work.
is valid. However what if you know a language inside out, but to your knowledge there isn't a way of solving the question you've asked. You've done your due diligence and searched SO and Google, but to no avail. Nothing has been attempted code-wise because having done DD, there simply isn't anything to attempt.
So your question is clear, and readily understandable- but because you haven't provided an attempted solution, because nothing you know of would be appropriate... you get hit by downvotes due to the fact there is no code.
How then can you ask a question under these circumstances? Is SO the best place for this?