This one I honestly don't know. There is this question which explains a problem, and the problem itself is straightforward enough and on topic, so that's OK, but then the poster asks literally for "only guidance and no straight answers".

Should we honour that? I mean, not that I'm against giving people guidance and hints and links rather than immediately handing them the complete source code on a platter, but isn't this question taking it a bit to far? Isn't this, in other words, primarily opinion based?

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    You are free to post a straight answer anyway. I'd just remove that part (it is noise really). The question and answers are supposed to be useful for others besides the OP, after all. – Martijn Pieters Mar 10 '14 at 15:11
  • Give him whatever you like as long as it complies with the site's standards. It's up to him to choose what he takes away from it, we're not his teachers. – Jeroen Vannevel Mar 10 '14 at 15:15

In practice, the answerers get to decide what scope their answers have (provided their answers generally meet site guidelines), and the question is otherwise fairly typical for Stack Overflow.

  • Accepted because this is the best answer so far... – Mr Lister Mar 20 '14 at 17:37

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