In my 2 months of EL&U contribution, I have come across umpteen instances where top users suggest OPs to include some research effort from their side(rightly so) and I too have adopted this practice whenever I see vague questions from relatively new, low-rep users.
But then , I came across this 5 year old question - "Y'all" or "ya'll"?
A hugely popular question (upwards of 80k+ views) with the simplest of titles and (probably) the shortest body content.
My questions -
Why was this question not flagged for lack of research efforts?
In the bigger scheme of things, should we always (I mean a 100%) look for research efforts in new questions? Or are there any special clauses that can be applied to a few questions(such as the one mentioned above)?
Disclaimer : I have nothing against the OP or the linked question. Just trying to understand in-depth about the moderation techniques and working of EL&U site. Please feel free to point out any fallacies in my argument.