I read posts about how we can harder punish people for "abusing" the system, as if all people around here are intrinsically bad. They abuse the system so we need to punish them harder and all problems will disappear.
But here is my claim. People often don't know why they get downvoted. I once got downvoted when I was new without knowing why. I thought I wrote a bad question (too trivial) but this was actually not the case. I didn't know I needed to show the work I had already done on the website, because I assumed that most people here would like to answer questions to earn points. A similar person that made this assumption can be found here, and I could give a long list of examples. If you start talking with them, you see that in at least 50% of the cases they really want to do effort, but fail for a diverse set of reasons: don't speak language well enough, didn't know they should have shown their effort while they actually did effort, some didn't know that lazy people where not allowed on this website, ... .
If we make clear policies and really punish the lazy people that should be punished, we will be more effective. We should make clear policies in order to prevent people from answering questions from people that showed no effort, because people tend to believe here that this is the reason why they keep coming back (and there might be some truth in this for the big abusers). However, so many people really want to collaborate and learn but don't get proper reasons why their question got downvoted so they think they wrote bad trivial questions which is often not the case.
I want to introduce a system in which new people get better information about what they should do when posting there first post. They should press a check mark that they have shown enough effort (in the form of saying what they already tried, thought of, where they are stuck, ...) when posting their first post AND important, write that their question WILL NOT BE ANSWERED when they fail to show effort. Of course it can be that in reality some persons will still do this, but over time, this amount of people that answer questions with lack of effort will decrease. Especially people from the post-caution banner era where they needed to check a mark, will not answer those questions because they know it violates the rules. You should not blame people for breaing the rules, if the rules are somewhat hidden.
We should blame ourselves for not showing enough effort ourselves to make the rules clear to new users, and fail to warn them for the consequences of abusing the system. We should blame ourselves, not the new users.
I believe we should give this idea a try. Believers in the idea really believe that this will reduce the amount of questions with no effort shown drastically, if the policy is correctly implemented (> 50% reduce in bad questions). To those initially opposed to the idea I would say, we can always give it a try. We have nothing to lose with this policy, only to win. If it works, and we truly believe it will, this will reduce the amount of posts which show a lack of effort drastically. I can't imagine that anyone can be against a policy that at it's best can have a huge positive impact but by no means have a negative impact on the community.