Is it OK to ask questions that are really just requests to brainstorm with the community?
I'm referring to this question, which just came to the top of the main page. It caught my attention because it mentioned brainstorming explicitly, even in the title. However, this type of question has been very popular. Perhaps others are not as explicit, but they're often characterized by:
- The asker hasn't started the project yet.
- The asker has little to no experience in the problem domain (case in point, RF communication and RFID technology), and doesn't know if a solution exists or not, how much it costs, or whether they're capable of implementing it.
- The problem is often poorly defined.
My take on the issue is that while a real brainstorming session can be full of bad ideas and people speaking what's on their mind, that's acceptable - Anything goes in a brainstorming session. It's kinda fun that way! However, for the same reason, I'm not sure such discussion belongs here. Also, real-life sessions usually are performed by people with a vested interest in the outcome. We're here to increase the amount of information available for electronics and robotics development, not to help people get ideas for projects.
You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page.
The list of bad subjective questions includes:
- we are being asked an open-ended, hypothetical question: “What if ______ happened?”
It also includes:
If your motivation for asking the question is “I would like to participate in a discussion about ______”, then you should not be asking here.