I've done a lot of First Question reviews since a got my 500 rep around the end of 2021. In the past few (plus or minus) weeks I have noticed a much higher than usual rate of anonymous downvotes on new questions from new users.
I am not talking only of things such as spam, or repeat questions from multiple logins; and I'm not even talking just about the "write a test class for me" type of 'question' or ones from unregistered users. I am talking about questions that maybe are answered elsewhere and can be found via a search, but seem to be legitimately posted questions from someone who is new to the SF platform and probably new to admin/development and really is clueless. Or maybe poorly worded questions from bad grammar English speakers or ESL folks (whose English is still better than the majority of us would do in their language).
And I do realize that I am still a relative newbie to SFSE, and that most of the "old timers" here are not the ones who are doing said downvoting, and that many of the people doing the downvoting will not likely read this; but I still feel that I need to say something publicly - especially since it seems that it has been a few years since it was brought up here in the Meta.
I know that there is not a rule, but I would like to kindly suggest and request that if you feel the need to downvote a newbie question that is not obviously spam or a recurring bad poster, that you please at least add a comment stating (civilly, please) why you downvoted.
Yes, I know that there is The Tour and Help Center that folks should read; and yes, I think that you should read the rules and get a feel of the culture of a place before you post. However, we all know not everybody does that, but I think we often forget that there are people who will do that if you ask them to.
There are some people who will actually take constructive criticism in your comment and either improve that question or their next one(s). And the ones who do that might surprise you (I've been pleasantly surprised before).
I won't rehash any more details, but please check out these meta questions, answers and comments - especially some of the higher-upvoted posts and comments from said "old timers":
- I hate to see people downvoting a question or answer without any comments
- Downvote newcomers poorly posted questions and answers?
Before you downvote, please remember that you were once a newbie to Salesforce and to SFSE (even if it was a long time ago); and please remember the Salesforce Ohana culture.
We are not Reddit or Stack Overflow.
So what is your personal routine or rule or principle that you follow for dealing with poor questions - especially from new users? Please share it as an answer.
I am interested in how everyone thinks about and responds to these, and having multiple ideas detailed in one place might give some of us a better way to approach them. (And possibly something to point folks to as a guideline, even if there is no rule.)