In the ELL-Post-Apocalypse chatroom, KitFox made a very interesting observation (gently edited here for dramatic impact):
We have gotten diluted with basic questions because basic questions fill our pages. If we want higher caliber questions, people coming here have to see higher caliber questions. They need examples, a standard to reach for. So we should be making sure that the kinds of questions we wanted to have asked are asked every day. Otherwise, users come and see "Is it reason with or reason to?" And they think "I have a question like that!" And they pile on.
I would like to [. . .] encourage our high rep users to post one good question every week on EL&U to help boost the impression of the site (as well as the content).
Now there are obvious objections to this proposition. High-rep users mostly have high reps because they’re really good answerers; and they’re really good answerers not only because they already know a lot of the answers, but also because they already know how to find answers for themselves. Can we live, or keep the site alive, by taking in each others’ laundry? There’s some feeling that we can’t: read the responses to KitFox’ post.
And let’s face it, writing a good question on purpose is really really hard. Much harder than answering it.
But, hey, I’m here for the puzzles. I’m here for questions that make me actually think about what I do instead of just doing it with expert but essentially routine skill. And if the price of my entertainment is that I have to entertain others, fair enough.
So: is the sense of the community that KitFox’s notion is a sound one?—that we should all make an effort to raise the front page profile by writing questions of the kinds we want?
If so, I’ll step up. I'll wash your shirt if you'll wash mine. Hang or fold?