After seeing a few questions listing very few requirements, I realize we never actually discussed what to do if there is a low-quality question in terms of soliciting an overly-broad product recommendation.
A lot of questions only list one or two broad requirement initially, but the comments to help the author are often lacking. Instead, the questions get a few down-votes right off the bat, and that's what caught my attention.
When someone asks a question that doesn't quite fulfill the purpose of this site, what's the best course of action?
I started by voting to close it as being too broad. Closures with guidance aren't necessarily permanent, so to me this seems like the first step. Next, I commented to ask if the original author could add more requirements and info about the hardware they were looking for.
What's the point in down-voting a low-quality question when you can ask them to improve it first?
I personally think questions should only be down-voted if they're either spam or other advertising, complete nonsense, or simply not a question anyone can answer. Other than that, there's a good chance a question can be improved by the author if they want the question to stand.
I realize a lot of folks don't use down-votes like this. But I would like to start a discussion to see how we can better use these tools to help the overall quality of the site.