I am having a difficult time deciding how to deal with questions like these with the new close options.
Example question: Left and right script
I have read through the related topics and @Shog9's reasoning behind the close vote changes. For the most part they make sense.
So, my question is, given these new parameters, how am I to answer/respond to the above-linked question?
The OP's question is reasonably clear, and for the sake of argument here, let's assume it's completely clear. They would like code to move through their table elements when not all are visible. They tagged the question
jQuery, so it seems the OP wants a jQuery answer. However, the OP provides no jQuery code, no pseudo code, no "this is what I tried" explanation.
Clearly, the question has been down-voted. Great. But will this question provide any benefit to future Stack Overflow visitors? Does it answer a specific technical or programming problem?
In the end I see this as a "I want a pony!" question. The OP wants something, but has not made any effort to help his own situation, other that copy-pasting some code which isn't really explaining a problem so much as providing a fill-in-the-blank form. We could provide a very thorough answer, with a number of options for the asker, but we are not a consulting firm, and we are not a "free programming" resource.
I feel that really we just need a close reason something like:
Please make an attempt to solve the problem yourself before asking a question on Stack Overflow. Your question may be asking others to make a significant effort or to provide excessive amounts of original code. If you do not know where to begin, Stack Overflow may not be the appropriate forum for your question. Please to advantage of the many freely available programming and language tutorials available online.
Probably not the best, but that is the gist of what I am getting at. We also do not want a close reason like this to become a crutch to say "This person is obviously not a genius like myself, so they should go get a degree and come back".
Some additional interesting details:
- An answer was given, providing all of the code the OP needed
- The OP accepted this answer, replying "Thank you very much for this. It wasn't nice to see so many negative comments :)"
- Another answer was given, providing the OP what they really needed - pointers to jQuery help documents.
In the end, the OP got what they wanted, and another user got +15 rep, so was any behavior discouraged here?