We recently had examples of rather basic homework or classwork questions, presented as such, asked without anything but affirmation that the poster tried and failed to solve them. The pattern includes asking a detailed or step by step solution, and that's indistinguishable from asking something readily suitable for submission as answer to the work.
Some of the questions also were posted as raw text rendering the sound of reading the problem including formulas, without any attempt of using TeX when that's the most sensible thing to do, and easy. Time may tell if fixing that with hint, or plea to do so, can improve the situation. Update: nope so far, despite earlier explicit promise.
Alas, I see more than one sign that the fine answers given, or my hints in comments, might have somewhat failed to help raise the poster's understanding.
Can we better handle such situation, and how?
- Should be we summarily improve at least the title of the question to the point that it makes sense, when that's an issue for the original?
- More generally: fix, or leave the body of the question as is until the OP fix it? (I realize the former goes beyond XKCD's Duty Calls)
- Should we
upvote,ignore, downvote, or close the question (when it has become clear it won't improve)?
- Should we still reward by up-vote those many technically correct answers that give step-by-step answers?