Yes, some good responses and comments.
Here again I get that horrible feeling in my gut thinking what if I was the one asking. I enjoy sharing my knowledge on SE to help people. I hate asking questions because my questions are generally (I feel) harder and those I cannot answer with simple searching and so would like to turn to specialists for help. I am reluctant to ask, not because I think I will not get an answer but because I will be judged on my style, location or format more than the merits of the question.
I have run afoul of mods on some stacks that insist that their way is the only way even though it does not serve the true goals of SE. I believe this goal to be the storing of the collected knowledge of humanity in preparation for seeding an AI on an interstellar colony ship to help with unexpected things that need solving.
Fixing a thing is the epitome of something that needs solving. Suggesting a trip to radio Shack (RIP) or Amazon when on a one way trip is impossible, the same goes for a disadvantaged citizen of earth that has to choose between a working oven and food to put in the oven.
@Scott Seidman you were hoping for concrete suggestions, here are three.
- SE should eliminate close voting and bad question shaming with
immediate effect (they only serve the ego, there are no other limitations that are aproacing from having poor questions).
- SE should add tags for repair, homework, new member that are easy to
set. A further suggestion would be to make marking as duplicate
super simple for high rep users, I just had a look and again was unable to find the button for it. Also make the duplicate marking
feature search for likely suggestions and list them by various
options with those that the person has been involved in personally
(Q, tag, A, Comment, vote, reopen etc) as those are the questions
they remember best.
- SE should implement a system that hides poor (repair) questions from
critical members so they are not required to see them as soon as
their quality becomes apparent.
The rest of the system could work as before with those that want to answer questions doing so (gain points where others would close a question) and those that hate newbies and homework and repair and children and spam never having to see it so enjoying SE more and not having a need to criticize.
I have made these suggestions before and the general response has been they will not be implemented. That they result in poor data. That most people find questions here outside of search. That questions with no or poor answers should not even be here. That mods and long term members don't like to wade through rubbish questions (they would rather take the trouble to close vote them than just click next). That a visitor having found their way to a question without an answer will cause that visitor to suffer PTSD rather than receive some enlightenment in comments, at least a sense of how difficult a question they have posed.
These objections are spurious as my suggestions pretty much eliminate the objections simultaneously with making SE a better place to store information and find this information.
Bandwidth and disk space are no longer even an excuse to use for limiting any question. Have the quality of the question determine the visibility but not the existence.
Remember SE needs to evolve to serve the public or it will eventually stagnate and then serve no purpose even for the owners who are anything but transparent in their rule making. Their stated goals are nice enough for them but there is a lot of manpower that they get for free that they take for granted and do not always treat with respect.