This might not be the regular trend but every now or then I see a new user asking a question (that does not fit the Stack Exchange question format) and is downvoted heavily. I'm just trying to understand why and if possible anything can be done instead. I know of a couple of people who essentially make throwaway accounts to ask questions because they don't know how to format their questions and get downvoted for it.
Just hover over the downvote arrow. It reads:
"This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful"
What can be done to prevent such downvotes?
- Make it clear to us what the question is asking.
- Proofread to remove silly typos and grammar mistakes (as far as you can)
- Include the research you've done and why that didn't help.
Also visit the respective Stack Exchange site's Tour page and Help Center for a better understanding on what's on-topic for the site.
I, personally, do not downvote for poor English. I try to help the OP by editing the question. But I can't make everyone think like me.
Usually it is not just the formatting or grammar, it is the lack of effort, from which very serious formatting and grammar issues are the first sign.
Users across the network of sites heavily dislike users that just want a quick answer with no effort shown. Those questions are downvoted heavily, to give the signal to learn from it and don't do it again.