Every now and then, questions come up that look like:
Hello, I want to do XYZ. Can you suggest a plan of action?
How can I get started building SuchAndSuch?
I have no idea how to start making a SuperGizmo. Can someone point me in the right direction?
These questions are usually rather vague (or with a very broad goal), often lack basic details such as language/platform, but do show a lot of enthusiasm - they're not bad in the sense "failed to do basic research" or "has been asked a zillion times already", but they are certainly (at best) hard to answer.
What should be done with this type of question?
- Vote to close as off-topic/overly broad/too localized depending on contents?
- Leave a comment in the hope that the questioner narrows the scope down?
- Answer with a list of links/books/general advice/best wishes in their endeavor?
- Just ignore it and get on with life?