Preface. I'm quoting words here and there. Imagine air quotes. Imagine the phrase "so called" in front of a few...
Take a look at the first 50 questions on the main page. Lots of zero vote questions, lots of unanswered questions, and lots of questions on hold primarily by the actions of just two moderators.
In fact very few questions that are asked are "good" by the standards of the proverbial "one percent" of us with higher ratings.
I would argue that what this implies is that there is a very high need here - dare I say specifically for "dumb" questions (note quotes). And as a community, this site is failing to answer that need.
And as such, maybe what the community needs to do is open up a bit, be better at answering beginner questions, and lighten up and be more forgiving. Treat "dumb" questions as genuine learning opportunities.
There are FAR more "n00b" posters here than real hard hitting challenging askers of questions. This is reality. Smart providers of services respond to customer needs. Foolish ones turn back lines of people waiting at the doors. Clever ones learn to make those people into proverbial customers.
We have a huge opportunity here to educate people. Not with the proverbial "ban club", but instead with guidance, mentoring, suggestions, and advice. Let's take advantage of that opportunity and not curse it.