I propose we start substantive work on populating the important first block of our FAQ: What kind of questions can I ask here? The section will no doubt evolve and change as our community does, but it's totally bare at present and not enormously helpful.
Based on the discussions we've already had here on meta, plus looking at examples from other StackExchange sites (both technology-based and non-technology-based), I've prepared a draft for us to discuss and refine. It's in three potential sections (1 answer per section) to help structure the discussion clearly.
- What questions can/cannot be about
- Where can I find the answers to simple and basic questions?
- What about subjective questions?
In each answer, I've explained briefly what I've based the draft on and why, and highlighted some key questions that need resolution. Please comment on or edit each section of the draft as you see fit; if you edit, it would be helpful to everyone if you could leave a visible comment explaining why you've made the changes you have.
Once we've given my draft a good kicking-into-shape, I'll post a question asking for people to vote Good-Enough/Not-Good-Enough on the result before we make it live (once it gets to Good-Enough, of course).
Note: This is NOT a discussion on what makes a good question or good answer. We need to continue those discussions that we've been having, and use the results when we draft our updated How to Ask and How to Answer posts. However, I intend to keep this thread focussed on what questions are allowed, and will gently (or less-gently) discourage thread drift. Let's eat this elephant a bite at a time, please.
Final draft here: