I understand @SamualDeRycke's point of view.
However, if that's the case, when answering the questions you speak of, I'd encourage you to point those users to resources where they can learn to help themselves or suggest how they can improve their posts to get a more helpful response here on SF.SE. That might encourage those users to stick around, come back and become part of our community; perhaps even upvote your or someone else's answer along, with other posts they see.
It would truly be nice to see more answers accepted here on SFSE. I believe much of that is because we're not being a "friendly" sort of place where new users are being welcomed sufficiently to cause them to want to return.
I believe we could use a LOT more upvoting here in general to help foster more community. Similarly, comments made when downvoting would be equally beneficial to us and the users the OP is speaking of. I believe we alienate new users when we don't give them any acknowledgement or "credit" for having the courage to ask a question here on SFSE. It tends to give this place an air of being somewhat elitist instead of a friendly place that welcomes all who have an interest in learning more about SF who wish to follow the rules of our community.
Questions that may seem trivial to some here, can feel quite challenging to the total newbie. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of that when dealing with newer users. Having some "copy and paste verbage" along the lines as was suggested a few months ago by @crop1645 who used a wonderful gift for words when he said:
- We're happy to help but you'll need to simplify your issue by
removing unnecessary domain-specific details from your code sample
- We're happy to help but could you please reword your problem statement to its essence using clear, declarative sentences?
- This looks like an issue amenable to the use of system.debug statements - have you tried those?
I thought these ever so gently helped new users learn how to use the site. He had other commendable suggestions is his in his answer as well to the post How do we improve the signal to noise ratio?
The bottom line of what I want to say is that I believe in "positive reinforcement". Encourage people by rewarding them for making an effort and they'll want to do even better. My question for those who are reading this, is by us not upvoting at all a post we've taken the time to answer, are we encouraging those users to return, or are we silently sending them another message?? I say that particularly when the answer to their question gets upvoted, but their question never gets upvoted at all!
What are we silently saying to them when this happens? I hope you'll give that a thought...