Due to the spreading of Corona, more an more schools as well as higher educational institutions are closing. There is a change of more questions coming to this website from students who now have to do some form of self study in order not to get behind on the material. I have advised my students also to explore this website as our institution will be closed for the next 3 weeks. So it is possible to get a lot more questions from newcomers and these questions may not in the correct format, or perhaps there isn't too much initial work shown. Let's be kind and provide them with an answer nonetheless, instead of simply closing the post. The Corona virus is seriously beginning to hit us all and the internet is going to be the main vehicle for instruction. Please don't close my post, I will take it off in the future. Stay healthy and thank you for helping out students. Signed, Imran
We need to be welcoming and make an effort to onboard a new user. This was true, and remains true. In a time where more and more persons are in situations of distress, it seems apt to try to make an extra effort to be friendly.
However, this does not mean that we should change the policies of this site on a whim. The guidelines are also in place to ultimately be beneficial for users asking.
To learn how to ask questions here in the long run is arguably better than just having a bunch of poor questions answered.
Further, one could just as well make an argument that there is an increased risk of students trying to cheat in a situation where online teaching and evaluations are introduced in completely ad hoc ways, and therefore one should be especially strict.
I appreciate the idea behind the post, but ultimately I do not think this is needed. Finally, and possibly crucially, even if we would adopt this as a policy, I do not think it would really work as intended. Ultimately, in the short run it would cause mostly friction.