I just posted my first question on this site, here. I apparently was required to add more evidence of some investigation I'd already performed, but my issue is that this was brought to my attention in a rather abrupt, and not particularly clear, way.
I'm sure it's quite common to have to alert new users to the requirement to include some research already done. Perhaps something less curt than "Questions here are required to demonstrate some degree of prior research" would be possible? I'm surprised there's no longer, standardized response to give, along these lines:
Hi, thank you for posting your question on this site. Please be aware that we require questions to include details of some research already performed. See details on post requirements [here]
… where "[here]" hopefully links to a help page or meta post which describes the requirements clearly, and possibly even links to a couple of good existing questions as examples.
To give some perspective on why I was so taken aback to read the moderator's first comment: After spending a good amount of time trying to answer the question online (and being used to the standards for asking questions on other StackExchange sites), the comment I received looked a lot like "ugh, LMGTFY" but didn't actually telling me what I should search for! I see now that wasn't the intent of the remark, but there's still room for improvement here.
I had another gander at the Ask page, and admittedly, I do see in the text on the right: "Provide details and share research with your question." But if this is a strict requirement, may I suggest it ought to be emphasized a little more clearly? Similarly the help tour seems to make no mention of the requirement. Even the more detailed (and more specific-to-this-site) help center makes no mention of this, anywhere in its "Asking" section.
Honestly, I posted my question mostly selflessly because it seemed noteworthy that it was such a tough one to find an online answer to. In the follow-up meeting with the surgeon I plan to find out her answer, and add it to my question's answers for the future reference of the world, but that's going to be tough if the question gets judgmentally closed before then.