Maybe this "question" is more of a rant. Oh well.
I notice a lot of inconsistencies when it comes to new users asking questions without showing any work. I feel strongly that some people use the upvoting and downvoting system based on whether a question interests them, rather than whether they feel the user put effort in before asking the question.
For example, see this question. The user didn't show any attempts, or explain what they understood or thought about the problem. All they said was, "I have no idea," to which they got $2$ upvotes and some help.
Meanwhile, in this question, the same problems occur. The user didn't show any work, and simply said they really need help. They got $3$ downvotes! And the question was eventually closed.
What is the rationale behind this? Why does the community selectively choose to help one person over another, even upvoting the question of one user while downvoting/closing the question of another, when both users didn't indicate that they have put any actual thought into the problem? By the way, both users were newly created account.
I realize this is an open ended question to which no one has a definitive answer. Maybe I'm just trying to create a discussion or raise awareness. Sigh.
EDIT For the record, when I posted this question, the first question I referenced had $2$ upvotes and $0$ downvotes, while the second question had $0$ upvotes and $3$ downvotes. These ratings have changed since then, and I wouldn't rule out the possibility that some viewers of this question caused that.