When a user clearly states that they are a newbie, people should be encouraged to give an interpretation of the documentation, not just a link to the documentation. Increasingly, Stack Overflow is the goto place for many people on coding courses, and although many may think this is a bad thing, for the community it is a good thing.
What is meta?
- Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
- The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
- Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates
This principle holds even when it's not a newbie asking the question. Posting a bare link to the documentation in lieu of an answer is rarely if ever a good response.
We actually block answers that consist only of bare links, and automatically flag answers that consist of little more as low-quality. If you come across such an answer, don't hesitate to encourage the author to expand on it.
There needs to a check on users who want to use Stack Overflow as a proxy for doing their own basic research. Otherwise, the site becomes flooded with basic questions, many of which are not very good questions because the OP didn't get a basic education on their craft.
A site filled with poorly-worded basic questions is a turnoff for the experts, which is who we want to attract. No experts, no answers.
Consequently, embellishing a link-only answer to a basic question that's easily answered by reading the documentation is the moral equivalent of polishing a turd.
If you really want to be helpful to the OP, provide a link to the appropriate documentation in a comment below the question. Then, vote to close as Too Localized.