There’s been a lot of discussion already (e.g. here, here) of what kind of questions are too basic — and the rough consensus seems to be that if a question can be answered from just standard reference sites that everyone can be expected to know (e.g. Google, Wikipedia), and doesn’t encourage better answers in any way, then it’s too basic.
Jeff has even said he’s considering a new “reason to close”: something like
general reference: this question is too basic; the answer is indexed in any number of general internet reference sources designed specifically to find that type of information.
I’d love to see that implemented! But it isn’t yet… so in the mean time, how should we respond to questions like this? Close them for a not-quite-accurate reason, or tolerate them until “general reference” rtc is available? Politely explain in the comments why they’re too basic? Answer, or refrain from answering?