I know PaleoHacks is setup to be a question/answer site. But as
As I read those guidelines in the gray box above, I can't help but feel that some of those bullet points are pretty narrowing with respect to what is and isn't acceptable. It's not uncommon to have some of the more open ended questions breed highly valuable answers and insight into many facets of the 'question' itself. Besides, often times the topic at hand is best presented with a more generalized or open ended question, like the examples above.
And while following the
The general site guidelines is necessary for certain reasons, but it's also important to be just flexible enough to remember that people need to have a bit of breathing room in there, and I think PaleoHacks does a good job of balancing this concept overall by considering the potential value behind each question submitted and sometimes letting it be, so long as it fits within the concept of real purpose behind the site, which is to provide a space for the Paleo community to hack each other's questions based on either knowledge or experience, or both.
Another thought: as alluded to in other posts, many of the question possibilities have been used up already, with duplicates being closed.
PaleoHacks might do well to either:
A) allow "discussion based posts" or
B) create a separate section of the site for more discussion oriented posting
...like if someone just wants to say... "Hey I tried raw milk for the first time yesterday and I liked it!" Not a question at all. Just a lead in for a discussion. The particulars of how that would need to be 'managed' can be worked out, but I think a lot of the members on here like to just discuss things and have a presense in the Paleo community. Having PH morph into whatever it needs to in order to remain in the forefront of the Paleosphere is no different than other companies/corporations restructuring when the time demands as much to keep relevant. Imagine if Kodac still wanted to be a standard film roll company? Imagine if Apple remained just a PC company? Imagine if Facebook stuck to the 'college only' model it began as?
Also, FWIW, I upvoted this question, although my answer to the question is "no", meaning that I do not think we should implement these guidelines. Just thought I'd throw that out there for ya'll as a great example of what I mean by voting up questions based on the value it brings to PaleoHacks.