I see that we closed another 'how do I get started' question, as the FAQ forbids them. Fair enough. But in my opinion it's a valid question, and only judged invalid because most of us have moved past that point and no longer see much value in answering it. This means that absolute novices are locked out of GDSE until they've learned enough to have better questions to ask - but they may never reach that point without some help at the start. Closing or voting down bad questions may keep the quality of the site high, but doesn't help to grow the community.
Stack Overflow is not completely averse to helping people get started, eg.:
- Language Books/Tutorials for popular languages
- Good way to learn Scala?
- How to learn C and Objective-C
Admittedly many similar questions are closed, but I think that questions of this nature that are asked in such a way that the answers are useful and generalisable are themselves of value.
I don't think we should allow this sort of question over and over again, as it obviously doesn't contribute much, but we should have somewhere authoritative to direct people when we close their question. We should probably have a community wiki question like, "What are some good resources for getting started in game development?". There would be many answers, some good, some less good, but the voting should bubble the best suggestions to the top, making it a good resource for beginners to consult.