Satisficing (a portmanteau of "satisfy" and "suffice") is a decision-making strategy which attempts to meet criteria for adequacy, rather than to identify an optimal solution.Wikipedia <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satisficing>
A common complaint about student researchers is that they "satisfice." They stop after finding the first possible answer to a question. I am guessing there is more to it than just laziness.
Consider this graph:
Is there a direct correlation between importance of the question to the researcher and the depth of research he/she is willing to do?
Maybe, just maybe, if we asked better questions, we'd get better researchers.
Tomorrow, the corollary with filing state reports.