I tried to encourage independant research & debugging techniques, but the person ended up leaving development all together and accused me of ruining her career because I didn't tell her earlier that she wasn't cut out for this field. [shocked]
Where can the helper draw the line without making the helpee feel betrayed or ignored?
Sometimes RTFM is the kindest answer.
This isn't always easy to understand until you've been in "the zone"
Or I write psuedo code for them. And they are "not" freshers. Keep in mind, I have my own assignments pending.