I have noticed that when a new user posts for the first time people around here tend to react in two very distinct ways. I am speaking of questions that are off topic for some reason but might be improved.
The two reactions are:
- downvote/flag/vote to close without even trying to help the user
- do (or not) one or more of the above but comment trying to explain the problem(s) to the newbie
I understand that if you stick to the rules option 1 is the way to go but sometimes I feel that waiting a bit and trying to help might be better, also if we want to keep the Q&A quality high since we are few, as I've read somewhere around here.
So the question is: is there a sort of guideline or the guideline is "well if you have time to waste to help someone who can't help you you are welcome but don't bother anyone else"?