Along a similar vein to this question. I have noticed a lot of questions closed for n00bs on this site (they have low reputation). Now maybe because StackOverflow is bigger I don't see this as much. But it worries me because I wonder if we come across as rude and we shut out individuals that may otherwise have become helpful members. Could we rather gently instruct/shape their question BEFORE we just close it? I would like to see this more. There are times where I think an individual made a valid question, it may just show ambiguity in the question, or lack of thought, or even lack of research. I unfortunately don't have enough reputation to try to vote to re-open a closed question.
I remember being at that point out of college where I didn't know how to search for answers or find them and I did need some "hand holding" to get me along. I have come a long way since then, and I think we should do something for the "less informed" rather than just slapping their hands by closing their question. That seems to me like saying "I don't want to deal with it" rather than "I'll teach you how to better ask questions" or even "I'll give you an answer (or even THE answer), but give you additional thoughts to lead you to how to think".
Thoughts on this? Especially from our moderators?