Perhaps it's just me, but I've been seeing more and more questions recently that fit this template: "Is it safe to eat X that has been left at Y for Z amount of time?"
I think it's a perfectly good and useful question, but I'm a bit concerned that SA is the right venue for discussing it, for a few reasons.
- It doesn't seem to add much to the site. It does not seem to be the case that answering this question for one person in one instance transfers to another person in another instance. To me, this implies that we're not really increasing the body of knowledge, rather just answering a single user's question.
- The people who ask these questions seem to be hit-and-run types. Again, this may be just my perception, but I don't get the impression that these questions are being asked by either people who have a history of contributing to the site, or people who stick around after their question is answered.
I recognize that these questions have been specifically deemed on-topic, and I don't want to challenge that. However, I would care to discuss:
- Is this a real problem, or just my perception?
- If it is something that should be dealt with, what can be done (whether by moderators, or the community)