I have tried it once and I will try it again: Shouldn't we be a bit more welcoming to new askers/ posters?
Now what brings me back to this topic? Today I came back to the network and was greeted with a flag on a post. It was a homework question, which showed no effort. This is usually fine, if the close voters, commenters and editors show some compassion: Leave a little welcoming note and pointing to our homework policy. This did not happen in this case. The rest of the comments were not very kind either, up to the point where I would consider them a little scary.
Without going much further into detail, I would like to remind you, that this community can only grow and flourish if everyone is willing to show some compassion. This includes, but is not limited to, choosing the right words. New users, especially these seeking homework advice have often many other things to worry about, maybe they are even desperate at the time. They might not take the time to read the policies or they come from different places with different rules.* While we want to keep the quality of the questions and answers high on the network, we cannot expect that a new user reads all of the help pages before asking a question. I pretty much would expect a new user to make mistakes. If we are willing to offer kind words and a guideline, then a new user might be much more understanding and willing to comply with our policies. And this way we end up with less cleaning up.
I have seen one word circulating around here with a kind of scary concentration: dump. I never liked that word for posts like this, because it makes me think about actual dumps and these are not nice places to be. It also has this very negative connotation that homework is garbage. We all did homework at one point and we all were more or less successful doing it. I am pretty sure that some of my homework - and most likely the failed attempts - were peacefully rotting away somewhere on a dump, but this is not the point of this post. I therefore would like to ask you to avoid calling a question a dump.
Be nice. Be understanding. Be welcoming.
Thank you for your kind attention.
* We all know Yahoo ruined Q&A for everybody.