I started teaching this year and what surprises me is how often students will just send you emails asking about stuff that I feel they should figure out by themselves.
For instance, they will email me asking when the next lecture is (when they can simply look it up) or if they will get penalised if they submit an assignment late or even not at all! (why would they not!)
Then, they also email me puzzling "academic" questions. For instance, I encourage my students to be autonomous and use google or search answers on websites like
stackexchange. But some will email me (in the context of a statistical class) how to use the "google regression", or the "google R library", stuff you just wonder how they got there. Stuff directly from the meta-metaverse.
How do you deal with such questions?
(Giving this issue my assignments have very clear guidelines and clear marking.)
My philosophy at this point is that they should figure these sort of things out by themselves, and I tend not to respond. I feel that answering this is encouraging them not to be autonomous.
Is that a common teaching issue? Do you explicitly tell your students in class that they should not email you about this kind of stuff? What is acceptable not to reply to?