What are the most common first steps that a user can take to make progress on a question?
This question is of the spirit of this one but I would like it to focus on actionable suggestions for a questioner who seems to have put forth less than the standard of effort we deem M.S.E worthy. I often feel that we might use the expression "What have you tried? When we really mean something much more direct but don't have the energy to type it out. For example, compare
"What have you tried?" which is not really actionable with $(1), (2), \dots, (n)$ below. If we can collect these actionable items into a relatively small list we can use this list later. I want to have a nice copyable text to use in these instances: Something like
Thanks for asking a question on M.S.E. Do any of the steps on this list seem like it might help us make progress?
"Here's what you can do: Compute the first 7 numbers in that sequence you asked about and plug it into OEIS. Let us know what numbers you get and any hits you thought might be a helpful lead."
"Can you take that expression and throw it in Wolfram Alpha and see what comes back. If it's helpful post a link in the comments. If it isn't let us know."
Try and search for clues to this question at some other places as well: What comes back when you look for results at CS.SE, MO, CS.Theory, etc?
Try the techniques offered on this answer. These are common sense methods to make progress on a problem you feel you have "no clue about."