lol…Maybe im crazy, but I feel like the difficulty of asking a question to “the community” (a broad term for forums, irc channels, and other discussion mediums) directly correlates to the amount of time spent before asking the question.
The harder it is to ask the question (say, there are 3+ hour response times, or no one is online unless it is 1AM, etc.), the less poorly-researched questions there are, and the more, “I genuinely spend a load of time trying stuff and googling and asking friends and I cannot for the life of me figure this out” kinds of questions. On the other hand, when there are 24/7/36[5/6] replies, people waste other people’s time first, not last.
Kinda sad to be honest, I wish popular discussion/support forums had a “if your question is easily Googleable someone will just reply with a LMGTFY link and permalock the thread” rule, but no dice.