I see the arguments and I agree that some things are better off done in other places (hence our various closure policies) but we are tech support and we're not the only ones. Almost every Stack Exchange site handles the stuff you hate in some form or another... We all also handle better more interesting stuff too.
I've made my thoughts on how we filter out ...
A lot of the questions asked nowadays are purely tech support
questions - people dump a crash log or error message on us, give us
little information about what they are even trying to do, and then
expect us to find a solution for them. Mostly, these users don't stay
or come back either, and just want their "question" answered. This, of
The full version of my answer is here, I'm not going to repeat myself, and I also read your other post.
About this post, I totally agree with you, I stand by what I said in my other answer. I just want to comment on this:
We need to get rid of this tech support impression. We're not tech
support. We're here to help solve problems on a working Ubuntu, ...
Here's a thought.
Why not force the reading of the how to ask page for new questioners on the site? (Not Rep based but visit based) Say new user, (last seen never) goes to ask a question clicks on the ask a question link gets routed to the how to ask page which must be read in order to continue to the question box.
We could take the same approach for a ...