The Community recycling algorithm recently brought this homework-style question asked in 2012 to the Top Questions list. It's interesting to me that
- It's clearly an elementary homework-style problem asking PSE to check the answer.
- John Rennie answered the question by confirming the answer with 4 upvotes and no down votes.
- There were no votes to close as homework.
In my empirically-based opinion, if this question was asked today it would quickly be closed based on today's homework policy.
Is the philosophy of these dealing with questions like this one different today than in 2012? Or was the community more relaxed? Or are we becoming more aware of the clutter which these questions cause after a near-decade of activity?
Which direction should the PSE community go? Accept questions like this 2012 example, or maintain a tougher scrutiny?