Building on Embrace the Non-Googlers and How should you respond to “Give me a fish” / RTFM questions? I'm curious as to what acts as a disincentive for those who choose to ignore the manual and can't be bothered to Google.

Downvoting a question comes at a cost to those who do the downvoting (whereas finding another way to ask the same question - but hopefully avoid downvotes - is free) ... perhaps there could be a threshold to allow question downvoting without penalty if a user has asked X questions with a zero upvoted:downvoted ratio over the life of his or her account?

It seems like there should be a disincentive which avoids creating an unanswered questions graveyard/moderation tarpit and gives those doing the asking a reason to consider cracking a book before firing off another question.



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