There have been a steady number of questions being asked in the spirit of:
Hi, I'm yada yada. Here's a short version of my life story and why I can't math. I currently only understand such and such. I want to fix that, what should I do and where should I start?
Most of these are asked by new users who don't seem to understand the functionality of the search bar, or don't realize that this type of question is not at all uncommon. As a result, when they do pop up, they often either get ignored, answered half-heartedly, or closed as a duplicate of one of the many other. Although the specifics change (such as the question asker's current level of mathematical background), the overall theme and suggestions usually do not.
I am posting here now in order to raise the issue up for discussion as to how to handle similar cases. Should we have a specifically endorsed answer that we commonly link to for duplicates? Should we take the time to tailor responses each time one like this appears? Should these types of questions be closed as off-topic?
I am interested to hear other people's opinions as to what if anything should be done, and reasoning why.