I've probably missed some great debates in here, but I want a status report. What has happened with our rules over the past half a year in here?
Spoonfeeding was always encouraged in here, as far as I can remember. We have always encouraged those who downvote to provide a proper reason for doing so. As well as explaining how to fix your post, to make it more valid, instead of closing it right away.
I also personally tried as much as I could, to guide less-experienced users towards their true wishes. Because they have a lack of experience, because they don't know what technology exists out there (which is actually really hard to find). They ask to the best of their abilities, and we, experienced people, help them to understand what they want, and maybe show better solutions.
Now I came to Server Fault and posted a few questions. One was taken down, because it's "not a real question" and a moderator provided a link to the documentation of Red Hat Linux. I've read this documentation and couldn't even find where the solution to my problem would be included. But the question was already closed, so I had to go to IRC, and ask people there.
A second question was closed because it's "not constructive", and the user who voted for closing it said: Please go to that product board and ask there, because nobody has expertise in the topic (although it's not off-topic at all).
REALLY? I MEAN SERIOUSLY? So why are we in here?
Is it not allowed to ask anything in here before you read 1000 pages of documentation regarding your software you have problems with? What are we allowed to ask and what not?
So let's go and close all the topics where answers can be found in manuals, bugs can be found in issue trackers, etc. But then what? We'll be solving issues which never happened to anybody before? Or let's maybe even close the topics in Stack Overflow where you haven't read the source code of your used software?
Seriously guys, what has happened in here? Am I not allowed to ask simple questions (which has not been asked previously on the site) and should I be kicked off with some link to the documentation? Is this really a valid way to proceed?
The best thing about this community was spoonfeeding, so people who had a hard time on resolving issues could get support from those for whom this is not that hard, and who have experience with those issues and can answer in seconds.
What happened to me recently is basically the same as: Throwing me into the water and watching me drown, instead of teaching me how to swim. Even if it makes me a better swimmer, do you really think this is the way to go?