Based on this post by jmort, and a suggestion by enderland in chat, I thought it would be useful to create a consolidated post where we can point users to when we downvote/close/edit their questions so that they understand the site guidelines better (and hopefully learn a bit about our thought process).
I am yoinking the introduction from this post because I think it applies equally well here, and no sense in re-inventing the wheel!
Hello and welcome to The Workplace!
You may have noticed this is not a normal online community. It is different from most online mailing lists, forums, and discussion boards, as well as even other sites on the Stack Exchange network.
Sometimes, this can make the site seem hostile to new users. This site is focused on high quality questions and answers, and as a result, sometimes your content may be downvoted, aggressively edited, or even closed. These standards can be frustrating at first, but are required to consistently provide high quality content.