I received an email which specifically cited cooking as an example of a Stack Exchange site that "is awful". This person said:
Meta-judgement is the ability to assess the quality of someone else's contribution. Different people have different meta-judgement skills in different areas. Wikipedia has been largely successful because they've carefully circumscribed out the area of knowledge in which people's meta-judgement skills are reasonably good (no original research, neutral point of view, verifiability etc.). Stack Overflow has also been successful because objective programming questions are also an area where people's meta-judgement abilities are good.
Once you move out of these carefully circumscribed areas, I think you run into trouble with your philosophy.
I've been casually lurking on the cooking stack exchange for a while. It's awful. The people there don't know [anything] and they don't even know enough to recognize the people who do know [anything]. As someone who is a damn good cook, I look around for a bit and I can't see a compelling reason for me to contribute in such a community. There's a thousand other places I could go to throw my pearls of wisdom into an indifferent crowd, the cooking stack exchange is no different from any of the rest of them.
I am not saying I agree with this, I am presenting it for your feedback.
It's true that we explicitly disallowed subjective questions for a long time, and for good reason. But we have learned that it is possible to have constructive, useful Q&A around totally subjective topics. To that end, we came up with the Six Guidelines for Great Subjective Questions.
It's hard to address this argument in detail without specific examples of these bad cooking questions and answers, so in Wikipedia parlance,
But I guess the crux of it, as stated, is that cooking is a topic where this "meta-judgement" ability is in particularly short supply.
Your thoughts? And let's fill in the missing citations: what are the best and worst examples of cooking questions on the site, right now?
worst as in "most highly upvoted but objective wrong answer" and best as in "most downvoted/argued against but actually objectively correct" answer.