The help message that comes up when asking a question says:
Homework-like questions should ask about a specific physics concept and show some effort to work through the problem.
I see a lot of homework questions that show a huge amount of effort. Sometimes, they even have disclaimers attached, like, "look! I showed absolutely everything I did, please don't close". We even get questions on meta where people are confused about why their homework question was closed (see 1, 2, 3, 4) when they read the policy and showed effort just as it said.
I think this is a problem with wording. The 'show some effort' clause comes second, is shorter, and sounds more final, making it stick in people's heads better. But our actual homework policy (i.e. the de facto community standards, not the blurb) emphasizes the first clause a lot more.
I propose a rewording of the blurb to something like this:
Homework-like questions should ask about a specific physics concept. Don't just tell us you're confused; tell us why you're confused, and what you've tried.
This wouldn't change anything about our policies, but I bet it would decrease the amount of questions we have to close. Does this sound effective?