The majority of the questions asked on this site come from new or junior users for obvious reasons but, despite some notable exceptions, these questions are not rarely put on hold for not meeting the general requirements. I wonder if a more substantial participation from seniors or more experienced users could actually help the site in this respect, giving more examples to new users with more articulated questions and keeping the general interest higher with possibly more good questions. From what I can see senior users tend to be more active on the answers front, and hyper-active on comments at times, so why not make an effort on questions too? I perfectly realise that no user should feel obliged to do anything they don't feel like doing, but could more questions from them actually benefit ELU?
Surely they would, but I think we have a problem here. It's really difficult to ask a good question. When I think of a question and find it really interesting, I often realize I'll have to discard it. And for several reasons:
EL&U has a bank of more than 60,000 questions. It is not surprising, therefore, that most good questions on linguistics and grammar have already been asked. It often happens to me, to think of a potentially good question, only to find somebody else has already asked it.
Most doubts I have can be easily answered if I Google them. That type of question would, no doubt, be considered general reference.
Some other questions I can think of would be considered opinion-based.
These are the obstacles I encounter whenever I try to post a question. Despite that, I'm always thinking and trying to find a good question: a question that would be well-received by the community. Finally, if the "powers that be" decided to give the questions the same value as the answers, that is one vote = 10 marks, the members here would probably be more motivated to post questions.
Of course. Also, giving senior members the option of marking certain questions as idiotic would probably improve the general flow. The entire screen gets cluttered with inane gibberish sometimes, which is very frustrating. Thunder and lightning.
3"marking certain questions as idiotic" Um, we already have that option in the form of a button, a down arrow button.– M.A.R.Oct 20, 2015 at 20:23
2@inɒzɘmɒЯ.A.M: Not at all the same. Any idiot can ask a question, and any idiot can downvote one. Voting is anonymous. Whereas being identified as hopeless by a identified and respected member would be a real service. Oct 25, 2015 at 14:03
1@John -- I see your point Mr. Lawler, but the problem is while great on paper, these stuff fail in practice, since they end up turning into SE jargon at best, and some 'abuse' button for lazy reviewers at worst.– M.A.R.Oct 25, 2015 at 17:17