Asking random, open-ended recipe questions is something many users fear will dilute the site, attract non-serious cooks, or create a muddled community which is indistinguishable from the rash of recipe sites already on the web.
Proponents (myself included) want to leverage the community's storehouse of good ideas and experience, don't want to turn off new-comers, and think recipe questions can make for interesting discussion, at least occasionally.
We currently have a few options to mitigate the problem, ranging from most exclusionist to most inclusionist (I'm a pseuo-wikipedian).
- No recipe questions allowed, go elsewhere
- No recipe questions allowed, go to recipes.stackexchange (separate site)
- No recipe questions allowed, go to recipes.cooking.stackexchange (meta-type sub-site)
- No recipe questions, make it more specific, technique or problem oriented.
- No points on open-ended questions, make it community wiki
- If it doesn't get votes, it won't get answers, let the game work
- Recipes are great! We want them!
I'm somewhere between 4-6 when it comes to personal preference.
So how about this: make asking recipe questions a reputation-based ability.
Counterargument will be that we don't want to put something not wanted by the community on a pedestal. On the other hand, trusted users will have a better feel for the type of questions the site seeks, encourage new users to learn what that type is, and most importantly, just limit the sheer number of recipe-type questions.
How do you think this would/could work?