Looking at sentantae
's answer on this SoPW
, I wonder if we should consider answering both the direct question and the PSI::ESP
generated questions as to what the seekers actually want to do.
Granted, some of the requests are esoteric (think some of vroom's early questions about Pig Latin), but others may be from posters who would benefit from general programming wisdom.
Where do you draw the line? Do you give as much information as possible (I'm usually guilty of this) and hope it sticks, or do you just answer the question and hope for enlightenment somewhere along the line? (Now that I've excluded the middle, let's talk.)