Is an english.stackexchange user expected to have searched at onelook.com before asking a question about a word?

If so, should it not mention such an expectation in the Help or Tour sections of the site?

I, for one, had never heard of this site before, although I am familiar with a variety of dictionaries available both off and online.

My prompt for asking is this question I asked where I seemed to receive both downvotes and comments suggesting I didn't do enough prior research, as well as a comment suggesting that I should have guessed unpliant based upon the word I was asking about, impliant.

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    [1/2] It doesn't have to be OneLook.com -- or any specific dictionary, of course -- but if you're asking about the meaning of a word, it is expected that you check some reliable dictionary first. If, after having done that, you're still confused, ask your question, referring to the dictionary you checked (a quote and a link is always nice), and describing the specific point that still confuses you. In other words, like any other SE site, you are expected to do some basic research first, and not simply try to offload that work onto other users.
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 15:59
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    [2/2] In the case of this question, you do explicitly state you checked a dictionary, which seems sufficient to me (though the question's reception would probably have been improved if you'd mentioned specifically which dictionary you used). As an aside, you may be interested in this question and answer on good, freely-available English language resources.
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 16:01
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    Cool. I'll update to mention which dictionaries I checked.
    – Stewart
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 16:53


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