Very often I see a user's first question getting down-voted and eventually it ends up being closed.
Usually I find this to be too rough of a treatment, as the user is not accustomed to the site. I know that the close votes are usually formally justified, if the user includes no effort on his or her part in the post, but it must be very discouraging as the very first thing on the site to be met by a plethora of down votes followed by one's question being closed, usually without any human interaction whatsoever.
One way of solving this is to collectively cut first questions some slack and explain in the comments that it is customary to include one's own progress, thoughts and doubts on the problem at hand. This has been suggested before, but without much effect.
Another way, which might be easier to implement, is to include a short auto-greeting on all first posts, in which it is explained that the question will be more well-received, if the user includes his or her own attempts, in case the user has not done so already.
It is my hope that when people, who would otherwise vote to close the question, sees this auto-comment, they give the new user some hours to correct the post.