Because the perl section is looking like that right now. I believe that Stack Overflow is going out of it's charter in becoming a newbie FAQ when as far as the original reasoning it was meant to be something along the lines of an expert site.
This is a good example of what I mean in Perl. It probably could be closed because it's a duplicate, or some other reason.
I would also like to indicate that I don't hold back answering newbie questions. It's just when I think of an obscure "stack overflow" error that's beating you some 3 am close to deadline, that's not "Howcum Perl print ..." and follows with something that causes a vast majority of Perl programmers to say oops, because they know exactly what's going on.
So the proposal is
- A new site. "Move to Newbieville"
- A new "section"
- A new status somewhat similar to Closed ("Newbied") but still can be updated all the same as an open question.
I'm not against giving some newbies an assist, but I feel a FAQ for rank newbieism is not something that SO started out to be, based on the original concept of a Expert Site.
Including comment to Gnoupi:
I said nothing about making newbies unwelcome. Like I said. I answer them--heck, I think I've even answer homework questions. I've answered on the vague impressions that I can glean from posts that have 4 close votes. It can even lead to avoiding downvoting or yelling at newbies by more established curmudgeons if there is a special action you can do to gently inform newbies that this is a real newbie question.
However, you have to know that to some people newbies are already unwelcome. There is a site ethic, but the individual is also going to decide how much they welcome newbies. And people do post RTFM answers already.
Anyway, I'm one vote away from a peer pressure badge it seems. (Nope, nailed it.)
For somebody jumping to the conclusion that I'm hostile to newbies: Exhibit A just earlier