This is my first question on the meta site, so I look forward to any feedback.
Sometimes we get questions from non-mathematicians that don't live up to the usual quality standards. Take a look at this question for example. This question clearly has problems: It's basically a PSQ (I think that's the right term?) and it relies on an image to understand the problem. On the plus side, it has a nice, descriptive title and polite language (and this counts for something in my book!).
If this was asked by a maths student, or if it looked like a homework problem, I would definitely ask for their own work/context etc. etc., and probably vote to close for now. But the asker writes: "I'm trying to get [...] for my welding research." This makes me want to help them with the problem and be lenient with the usual rules.
I think it's nice if we can help people from other fields with honest questions like this. Are there any official or unofficial positions on this?