How should we treat basic questions from new users that normally get closed for being off-topic, but are not completely alienating (i.e. "solve my homework for me")?
Obviously, basic questions should be discouraged and closing them is the right approach. However, I feel that it is possible to do so without completely alienating the new user from the subject of Quant Finance and possibly this forum.
Just coming here, creating a profile and asking a question demonstrates at least a tiny bit of "keenness" in the subject. I try to sympathize here with young students who opened their first textbook and are perhaps keenly trying to ask their first questions on what may become a longer journey (i.e. this question here: just reading and trying to understand Shreve seems like a good initial effort to me).
I have noticed that on Math SE, mods (and other higher-rep users who happen to come across such questions) tend to copy-paste what seems like a "standardized" comment under questions that do get closed but are not completely alienating; it's something along the lines of:
Welcome to this forum. We use LaTex for formulas here (see example here and guide here). See here for tips on how to ask a good question. Please note that basic questions without context and not showing enough effort are discouraged and considered off-topic.
I wonder if it would be possible to take a similar approach here, perhaps even automate this somehow?