I have been vocal in several early discussions about the need to gently redirect the enthusiasm of first time posters rather than sharply remind them that their contribution is inappropriate. I fear that my liberal attitudes have now been demonstrated to have failed miserably.
A new user posted a question (now titled) What characteristics should I look for to publish my cemetery records online? which self-evidently failed to meet the criteria of a good SE question when it asks for "the best ...". I commented with a warm fuzzy welcome and a gentle suggestion of how the question might be improved.
Predictably, the question has attracted a number of short answers that together constitute a list of options and personal preferences. The OP clearly sees no need to amend the body of the question because the community has given him the answer he was wanting.
More seriously, the question that I probably should have voted to close (as "not a question") has now earned a Nice Question badge through upvoting.
What is the appropriate middle way that will encourage new or inexperienced users to continue to visit and contribute without leaving open the possibility that their less-than-desirable first efforts will be seen as the norm?