Data requests are quite a popular question here and provide a lot of value to the community. That said, quite often I feel like a certain percentage of questions are asked by users that have not tried much of anything.
I came across this question on English SE "against single word requests questions" and it really hit home for regarding data requests and Open Data SE.
While I am not in support of getting rid of them whatsoever, making the requirements for asking for a data request a tad more stringent would benefit the community more than they currently are.
With no facts to back this up, I want to say forcing users to do minimal work will weed out a small percent of users that are here for an answer and not to participate.
Also it will free community more to answer/edit/curate areas that need it, rather than continuously responding to one commonly requested tag.
In closing, I personally spend time that I know I can use elsewhere here to better the community, answering data requests that sometimes seem like little to no effort has been put into them. I'm wondering if anyone else does to? If so, what can we do about it?
All of this said, I want to make it clear that if anything is done about data requests questions, we should be careful not to be too stringent/overbearing. I do not want users to turn away because they hit a wall of requirements. I would rather keep it as is and curate/down vote/edit/vote each as they come in, before making this less optimal for people to use.

Edit: I just came across this recent question here about the data request tag. This question is different as it is seeking options/solutions, but if you all feel like it should be closed and we take the conversation there, please let me know.

  • Keep the conversation here. This is different.
    – user4293
    Jul 26, 2017 at 14:20
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    This is of course closely linked to How a good data-request question should look. Given that question and answers, your Q here boils down to: What do we do with questions that don't meet The minimal data request in Nicolas' answer.
    – user4293
    Jul 26, 2017 at 14:25
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    ultimately reject them. be great to have a guide/wiki to point them to, with explicit instructions/examples. i'm not 100% on how that would work. ideally we would force the minimum before they could post. i'm not sure if that is possible/not aware of stack overflow's innards.
    – albert
    Jul 26, 2017 at 22:40
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    "ultimately reject them" sounds incredibly harsh to start with. let me roll that back...do everything we possibly can to enable/empower them to meet minimum requirements. then at some point, if they do not, reject them.
    – albert
    Jul 26, 2017 at 22:41
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    I think we should let people ask the questions, and continue to guide them with comments. Lots of people in the community will prompt an asker who seems to not have done their homework to add more to the question and show where they've already looked or what they've tried. Given that this is a community for both experts and people very new to open data, letting people ask basic questions is important. Aug 3, 2017 at 13:04
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    I'd prefer more downvoting for questions that lack effort, rather than any mod action like closing. Downvoting is more democratic, in that it can be done by all members.
    – philshem
    Aug 7, 2017 at 7:33


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