And if you don't regard the formal guidance in How do I post a question effectively?
(the link in jdporter
's post) or the explanations provided in such readily accessible documents as PerlMonks FAQ
and Guide to the Monastery
as tantamount to "rules" or "directions" (maybe I should have included "bake a cake" in my list), what's to [limit|restrict|discourage|deprecate]+ a flood of ill-considered questions and lazy 'gimme's that overwhelms the site's value?
As a matter of fact (and yes, this is highly subjective), it seems to me that as the inclination to provide guidance and correction here (the practice of urging that factual questions reflect some effort on OPs part) has waned, the prevalance of such questions has increased. I suggest a quick scan of older OP's --those, say, in the 400K-600K range (2004-2007) -- and comparison with those in the 900Ks may lead others to a similar conclusion.