Well I have to come along with some counterbalance. The above list puts all of the onus on us as knowledgeable volunteers and absolves the inquirer of any and all responsibility to the conversation.
While I'm the first to admit that it's a bit harsh, I think that newcomers should follow the general guidelines outlined in this document: How to ask questions the smart way.
When I came to this forum, the first thing I did was take a week to read every thread going back 6 months and every page of the Wiki before I ever posted a thing. You pay respect to the efforts that have gone before you in order to contribute to a community you wish to participate.
So in closing, while I'm somewhat amenable to some head patting for new users who come in with the same questions that we've answered over and over, I think we also need to take some time to have a sticky FAQ with the most common questions and answers and point new users to that document when one of those types of questions come up.