As noted in this question, some questions have no documented preliminary research and should probably be directed to Google or Wikipedia. This is particularly true of new users, to whom we wish to be more welcoming and polite. On the other hand:
- It is not a prudent investment of time and effort to replicate research that is already available.
- It can be very difficult to distinguish between "I'm too lazy to do research" and "I'm hampered in my research by English as a Foreign Language" or "I lack the contextual underpinnings to do research successfully", or "I've tried to do research, but I can't find an answer and "It never occurred to me that you needed to know the sources I've already checked."
Please provide answers that we can copy and paste that communicate:
- We need to know what research you've done to know how to answer the question
- We respect you, but we need to know the information in order to help.