I'm looking at this question. I gave the answer that was accepted. Please bear in mind that, when I answered this question, it was a different edit. In particular, there were more parts to the question.
The reason I'm here is because my question got a few up votes as well as a few down votes, attaining a score of $-1$ at its nadir. I was wondering, was I justified in giving this answer?
I'm aware of the guidelines about good questions for the site, and also aware that this question fails them. I've also seen this meta post.
The reason I gave my answer is because I believed the asker really did have little clue about how to go about these questions. I figured that all the asker needed was one good, fully justified worked example, and they could do the rest on their own. The asker's comment at the end vindicated this view, and they changed the question so that my answer would more comfortably fit it!
I understand that it's generally not preferable to reward poor quality questions on the site. I don't want the quality of questions to (further) drop. But, I do think that, for many people, these first steps are the most daunting. It's very hard for a new student to produce the work they've done, when they haven't done any. First and foremost, I want to help people on this site, as I'm sure most other people here do as well, and part of me finds it hard to accept that these people, who are genuinely confused at the first hurdle, cannot get help.
I know there are ways around it too. I know that a more savvy user of the site knows that they can mitigate this, for example, by copying out the relevant formulae they know. However, this is not something that new users pick up easily. I don't think it necessarily indicates laziness, or a lack of due consideration of a problem, merely an unfamiliarity with the subtler workings of this site.
Bear in mind, I only answered one part of the question too. I wasn't giving out all the answers for all the parts, for the asker to present as their work. The asker would still be required to do most of the work in order to answer the question. I was just using one part as an example to impart the necessary tools for the asker to answer the question.
So, with all that said, was I justified in giving this answer? Or were the downvotes justified instead?