Request for learning material, from what I gather, is a request for links or pointers to offsite learning materials, or books, courses, etc. In fact, How do we feel about requests for learning materials? is defines it quite clearly.
That doesn't cover a request to be taught something, but there have been quite a few questions closed on here lately that use Request for learning materials as the justification. Here's an example from today – I'm not picking on that specific one; there have been many similar closures lately.
This site claims to be for Question & Answers – doesn't that translate to Ask and Learn? In the example above, the OP is simply asking a question about Linux internals and is hoping to learn from the answer; not asking for tutorials or learning materials as the closure reason states.
Here are some more examples:
- Execute command on ranger selection is a good example. It makes the strategic error of referring to a search for a tutorial, but then asks a fairly specific, bounded, well-scoped question.
- What is the difference between Docker, LXD, and LXC? probably should have been closed as “too broad”, so it just got closed for the wrong reason.
- Installing Wi-Fi drivers when no Ethernet connection is available was deleted by its author (so most of you won’t be able to see it) after it was closed as a “request for learning materials”. It’s not a great question, and it also commits the sin of mentioning the word “tutorial”, but it boils down to a reasonably specific question that is an amplified version of its title.
- Sorting Words in Alphabetical Order made no mention of learning materials whatsoever, but was a plain old How do I? question asking how to sort into alphabetical order a text file dictionary with a slightly unusual structure containing pairs of English and Latin words.
Are we too trigger-happy with Request for learning materials?