I previously asked
Should CS.SE authorize any level of difficulty?
The answer is yes, but it feels hard to ask an easy question: we expect that all questions should have been the object of thorough research before being answered.
That is good because the question become more precise and people can sometimes answer it themselves so they learn more.
That is bad because of exactly the same reasons:
- Very precise questions are harder to find with a search engine
- Less easy questions are asked and less people will solve their problem
(I like to think it will be like SO: if you got an honest problem, the answer will likely be here)
The case of homework is a little different: this may be a good idea to wait before giving a complete answer but I have the impression that having a complete answer is better in the long run. The answer of a question should be clear both for OP and any future visitor so only hints may not be enough. Also it is not our responsibility to prevent students from the temptation of cheating. The internet will grow without us anyway.
To sum up, I think that having a lot of easy questions is a good thing for the health of the site. (Feeling that it is easy to ask a question is welcoming. Feeling that it is easy to answer some questions helps keeping users. However easy questions might repel (busy) experts, but those were never here)
- Do you agree?
- How can we encourage easier questions?
I am seeking both your opinion and ideas to help promotion.