I think that better questions show some at least rudimentary level of initial research.
This might just be:
- "I've read the first hit of a Google search, and I received conflicting answers."
- "I did a search on Google Scholar, and read journal article X, but something still wasn't clear."
At present, I guess there is some question seeding occurring. I can even think of some of my own questions which I've posted partially to seed the site as being a bit lacking on this requirement. I'm also not saying that we should close questions that lack initial research, and sometimes it is implicit that the person has searched for an answer already.
Rather, I'm wondering
- How can we encourage users asking questions to show the initial research they have done?
- What guidance can we give, perhaps in the FAQ, about the kinds of initial research that is encouraged?
I've made a separate question for What level of initial research should we expect?