Suggestions are sought for interesting questions or motivators for interesting questions to ask, both general ideas and specific.
The mechanics of the SE system (closing, voting, moderating) have been a good method for policing quality. Encouraging prior research, being specific and clear, etc.
But over the years there have always been complaints about the quality of questions. There is one kind of quality that is not addressed and that is: content, the actual subject matter of the questions.
There is a history over the years in this direction (links in this meta question).
And like the weather, no one ever seems to do anything about it.
What are some suggestions for questions, or general areas of questions from which we could generate a little more easily, ideas for questions?
Yes, this may be a little weird because why ask a question you may already know the answer to since actually asking it may come across as inauthentic. But I think asking interesting questions would be a good spur to ELU
What I am looking for is suggestion areas to help those with experience here to create questions with interesting content.
Here's a vague start:
- Language Log topics - There's a recent LL post about how people pronounce 'sts' at the end of words. What about 'sks' and 'sps' (as in 'whisks' and 'crisps'?
- old William Safire On Language articles for which he botched the answer (eg all of them?).
- Things in the news. I personally feel the 'covfefe' question was idiocy (I have stronger words for all the surrounding commentary), but at least it was interesting.
- Accents produced in media: I'm always watching TV shows that come from the UK (I'm AmE). And so I always have questions about pronunciation and local varieties.
- Where is Yoichi? Those were always great questions even when mechanically off-topic.
Sure, we want non-closable questions - ones that aren't simply "Hey, about them funny Brits and the way they talk with their lorries and crisps and lifts and shit?" - and that are more like "Truck in the US, Lorry in the UK: what is the provenance of the different usage and shit?"
And I'm not looking for people to copy paste Grammar Girl questions and then answers. More to get inspired by a Grammar Girl question then have people try to answer it without having Grammar Girl do it.