A beginner question with an obvious answer that newbie could be stuck with for hours and still blush when the answer is presented.
There are couple of good reasons for does kind of questions:
- Help students/beginners
- Makes stackoverflow to a more complete source of information
- Possibly more traffic from google
But there are also couple things that talks against this kind of questions:
- Help lazy students/beginners
- Possibly lower the over all quality of questions and answers
The reason I ask this question is that I want definition and a term (maybe even a tag) to lean on when I write this kind of question for my students (and myself in some areas). I have written a few already, but I want to write a few more and when I do I want to do it right.
I am sure that this topic has been discussed before. So close this question if there already are consensus on which terms, tags and style you should use.
The reason for the name is the obvious one. Joel Spolsky have several times been advocate for this type of question on the stackoverflow podcast. And I am of course not implying in any way that Joel Spolsky is beginner, newbie or any thing in that direction.