I agree, actually, that of course judgement has to enter into it. I'm mostly referring to those who
- remain anonymous (c'mon how expensive or hard is it to create a login here?),
- ask what amount to pretty basic questions which would dissolve in a blaze of obviousness after a reasonably in-depth read of the perlfunc manpage, and
- obviously don't even bother to try searching the PerlMonks site either for previous answers to similar questions
In other words, yes! Use judgement and restraint.
Update: We must never "lump all academic questions into the category of trolls". But we should favor pointing posters in the right direction over completely solving problems for them.
dmmYou can give a man a fish and feed him for a day ...
Or, you can teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime