When asking a question, the box on the right says:
> Is your question about movies?
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Provide details. Share your research.
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It says to share your research. Also the very first part of the "asking help »" link says:
Do your homework
Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before asking your question? Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us what you found and why it didn’t meet your needs. This demonstrates that you’ve taken the time to try to help yourself, it saves us from reiterating obvious answers, and most of all it helps you get a more specific and relevant answer!
Of course, the amount of research suitable for different questions varies: some questions can easily be answered if the asker just went to Google or Wikipedia or IMDb. But other average questions will be greatly improved with some research done, and the answers may likewise be much better for it.