To me, it seems many unclear and broad questions are receiving answers and upvotes because the community as a whole are not thinking critically about the quality of the question before posting an anwer. So long as there is some type of problem the OP needs help with, people seem overly emphatic to help out in pursuit of the votes and reputation that they can get by posting a quick answer.
I think this could lead up to the site not graduating in the end. We need to focus on providing meaningful and quality content, both in our question choices and in how we answer questions. Asking/answering questions just to get rep goes against the entire premise of the SE network - we're supposed to be here to help each other with real problems, not something we made up for the heck of it. The series of questions regarding getting our hands dirty while eating is a prime (though far from the only) example of questions being asked in hopes for reputation to me. Even if that isn't their objective, the quality of the questions are still too low in general.
We can start fighting against this mentality in the following ways:
- Close unclear and broad questions or at least comment so that the author updates their post before providing answers for them.
- Link to meta posts when appropriate. Show that the community is on your side.
- Hold off on upvoting until the question is clear so that people don't rush to post poor answers.
Here are some that are notable, positively voted but bad (in my opinion) questions, though most questions could be improved:
As a community, let's make sure the OP shows effort and has put thought into their question before we provide answers. If they don't show either of those things, comment on the question. Double check to make sure the question is within the scope of Lifehacks and if you are not sure, please read through meta posts or ask your own if it hasn't been covered!
We can and need to require questions to be of a high quality regardless of whether or not they are within the scope of this Q&A.
Edit: We now have a defined scope. This section is no longer very relevant.
Going past that, we also need to come up with more clear off topic close reasons. In order to do so, there are some questions that need answering in reference to the scope of Lifehacks. I'm not agreeing or disagreeing with any answers on these questions, only noting that we need to come to an agreement on them sooner rather than later:
I'm positive there are other issues, but these are pose the biggest hindrance to the nature of the site that I know of at the moment.
I honestly think Lifehacks can fit a need and really help people. But in order for that to happen we have to, as a community, take control of the quality of content being posted - primarily the quality of the questions as they have the ability to set the tone of the Q&A more than answers can.
Comment on low quality questions; don't answer them. Down vote when appropriate. Close questions that aren't fixed quickly or that seem unsalvageable.