Please note that, first and foremost, I am not here to step on toes but merely to open a dialogue.
I am new to this site, but I have used Stack Exchange for a while now and I understand and respect the premise: ask precise questions to receive precise help. This is not a "do-it-for-me" service, and due diligence is required on the part of the OP to avoid wasting volunteer time. Again, I respect this premise.
The main purpose of my question is to see if it is appropriate to expect users to have a minimum background in electronics to ask questions here and, consequently, if posts lacking that minimum knowledge should be flagged and closed.
I have seen several posts (most recently this one) where a user has a specific question but lacks some very basic knowledge, such as a working understanding of circuit diagrams. I also respect Olin Lathrop's premise (in a post that I can no longer find) that too much hand-holding and the passing of lazy posting as acceptable does not reinforce good question-asking. It is important to this site that the poorly-asked (from a technical perspective) questions be filtered out, to preserve the knowledge here. Here he also states that it is acceptable to be ignorant or uninformed, but not to be "stupid", which I also respect. (I don't mean to harp on Mr. Lathrop's comments, he just has made some excellent, relevant assertions in this case).
While knowledge such as circuit diagrams may be very basic and can be found in most high-school-level physics texts, if we aren't going to close questions on the grounds of being "too low-level" or "lacking in basic knowledge", what is the proper way to address/educate such posters? Or do we simply not want them here?