There's been some friction over our research guidelines and their lack of (simple) definition. See New users and down-voting for lack of initial research There's a lengthy and unwieldy discussion on the definition here: What level of initial research is expected on questions?
We need a quick bit of copy describing our policy on the issue for the FAQ and comments on questions like this.
Ideally what I want:
- Describes the research requirement clearly
- Indicates what I should do before I ask a "no research" question
- Is one or two sentences long, max two wrapped lines or so in length
- Is simple enough there's no talking around it
Now let's not fret over should be required or not and focus on what's a useful guideline that new users really should know when posting. Required or no this is a very important aspect of a good question. The problem with complex and subjective rules is it's so easy to argue around them. You can always argue around "this IS answerable in a scientific way!" You can't argue around "Yeah I don't really even know what psychology is". Simple rules always win.