# How much explanation in an answer?

I've noticed in my short time on TeX.sx that the amount of explanation given in an answer varies greatly.

As a LaTeX beginner I find that answers that provide a bit of explanation in addition to simply the code that provides the solution are much more helpful to me than their terse equivalent.

What is the site policy (if there is one) on how much explanation to provide in answers?

Code-only answers are usually avoided, since the value added does not pertain to a wider audience as much as an explanation would. However, the amount of explanation is varied (as you noticed). For example, some people like an answer structured in the form:

Minimal explanation...
some code

while others tend to enjoy

some code
• I would add a 3rd answer template, that I do quite a lot: (1) Minimal explanation, (2) self-commented code (using TeX's %-comments). – yo' Aug 23 '12 at 10:44