I don’t know why, but over the last few weeks I have had the impression that more and more posts with
ask tags have been popping up with rather often. For example:
All of these threads were on the frontpage for at least a day (as far as I recall).
I’m not saying that these questions are necessarily bad or annoying, I found some of the discussions in the comments quite interesting. What I dislike is that most responses are just posting a link to one’s blog, projects, hardware, etc. without really any explanation. But it’s so easy to respond, so there are usually 50-100 comments, of which only the top 3-4 have any responses.
I don’t know what the ideal measures would be, but something that increases the time between questions and increases the number of responses would be nice to see. Maybe a hotness mod would suffice, or a separate tag should be introduced? idk. I have always valued lobsters as a site where interesting discussions with informed users could take place, not as a site for self-marketing – but questions like these seem to be pushing towards the latter.