There have been many posts on ELL, especially by 'first-time' users, asking questions without carrying out even the basic research about the same, with available resources like the dictionary and Google.
Although we have the options to vote those questions to be closed, the number of such posts have increased drastically. This is a good thing and a bad thing.
Firstly, more and more people coming onto ELL is an indication that ELL is popular and our reputation precedes us. This shows that our answers have significantly helped many users and the word has spread.
Secondly, people are showing an interest to learn the language, more so than before.
What's the downside?
Posters tend to post questions without reading the help or going through the tour for the community. The number of close posts flags are alarmingly increasing. Most of the close post flags are raised against the fact that these questions should include more context, or are very basic questions regarding pronunciation, spellings and meaning. This is very common for first-time posts, and anybody who carries out reviews for ELL will be very aware of what I'm talking about.
What can we do?
A possible solution that I'm putting forward is a review method, where any 'first post' has to be approved by a moderator or a reviewer (preferably of higher rep points) before it gets posted publicly. The moderator or reviewer must go through the question, check for edits, ask for the contexts and any other information that a person might require to answer the post. Once the reviewer approves the posts, it can be made public and people can post their responses for the original post, but refined by the moderator.
What are the limitations?
The main issue that will definitely be a point of concern will be the 'delay' factor. A first post cannot remain as 'pending for approval' for a very long time. This means that any first post should ideally be approved or rejected within 5-10 minutes from the initial time of posting.
This is just a suggestion, and I think it may be worthy enough to be taken into a debate.