Inspired by the comments on my answer here and a comment made by DoubleAA here:
The FAQ's regarding a "good question" seem to require some research be done by the asker prior to posting the question. They read, "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 above all, it helps you get a more specific and relevant answer!"
As such, downvoting a question when it shows no evidence of research makes sense. As DoubleAA eloquently put it, "afaik the faq is site policy." However, the comments on the thread I linked to indicate that the FAQ's on this site are standardized and, as Shokhet said clearly "It's the same FAQ on all SE sites, IINM. It's not correct here..."
I still view myself as a relative newcomer and don't know how policy gets set or who has authority to decide if the FAQ's apply or not. I know some people are "moderators" and seem to have certain rights and abilities that other users don't -- do they make policy or just enforce it? As a community (somewhat self-) moderated site, how does one resolve these opposing viewpoints?
If there is any condoning of a request to change the FAQ language, that would seem (IMHO) to indicate that such a change would better represent the sentiment of the community. Of course, maybe it wouldn't. I don't know. I just want to know what expectation any reader can have of a question and what demand can be made of a question's background work.