I'm new to both Amateur Radio (licensed ~4 months) and the ham.stackexchange.com site. However I am well experienced on StackOverflow and understand the site format very well.
Of concern to me is that the majority (> 50%) of the questions being posted are NOT legitimate questions from someone wanting to learn something they don't know/understand. They are usually fabricated questions (by "core users") to elicit a desired answer (kind of like Jeopardy asking the question after you know the answer you want).
I think this may be in part due to a previous campaign for content: Please post questions!
While I understand there is a desire to produce "fresh content" and get this site to reach "critical mass" - the current content is a big turn off to a new hams like me as it lacks authenticity. (Note the comments on that meta post to avoid "seeding").
In many cases these questions will go against what I believe are standard practices on most of stackexchange. For example multiple compound questions, too broad or too vague, opinion based/subjective or worst unanswerable. I don't want to start stomping around as someone new here, but I feel like many of these questions should be flagged/closed (and I'm certainly confused how they get voted up?).
I saw this question when first posted: How can I know over what distance or at what speed I can communicate?
I don't think that is a good question at all and certainly not deserving of a long winded wikipedia post or the up-votes it did receive. This style of question would be closed very quickly on stackoverflow under almost all of the criteria above (compound question, too broad, too vague, unanswerable, subjective, etc.)
I also saw a series of leading questions like: Why are some electrical connectors silver plated?
I may be picking on a few recent posts - there is no targeting intended. But I do check the site daily and have found this to be an overall trend for a while.
We don't need to regurgitate the entire collective human knowledge concerning amateur radio just to "produce content". Especially if the questions are fabricated by experienced users. (This particular question was "seeding" I think, I don't think anyone would search in this fashion and there are many more reputable/authentic sources online for information on this).
I guess what I'm trying to suggest is that we stop fabricating questions, and work on actually helping new hams (like me). If the site is actually helpful, it will naturally succeed, if the site is not actually helpful it will die no matter how much content we fabricate/duplicate.
The plea to post questions can be taken too far. If the top 20 posts are a half-dozen fabricated questions from 3-4 core users, the site starts to "smell funny".