We've had a single user for a while now (a few weeks?) flooding the site with questions. These are largely about a single topic.
I agree that the topic belongs here, and if these are truly questions about things he doesn't know and wants to find out, then I can live with this. However, that's not what it seems like. It seems to me that these are deliberately seeded questions. I find this very annoying, and think it's a bad idea for several reasons:
- It looks fake. If gives the site a cheesy feel to newcomers. It says that we're so lame that we have to seed the site with artificial questions to give the appearance of having real traffic.
- It is fake. It may drive up our traffic stats, but this is only in the statistics. We don't actually have more people coming here asking genuine questions.
- It hurts legitimate questions. Anyone coming here really wanting to know something will have their question flushed off the front page quickly by the flood of bogus questions.
- It gives the appearance of emphasis on one narrow topic. Someone new coming here not interested in the particular topic will likely be turned off by the high fraction of questions about that topic on the front page. We need the front page to have a good mix so that everyone sees something they are interested in.
- It is selfish, and unfair to those not interested in the particular topic. This site must support a broad mix of topics because the traffic in any one wouldn't be enough to sustain it. We all have our own interests, and except for a few of us apparently, we all understand that many, probably the majority of questions won't be about our specific interests. When questions come up about topics we don't care about, we may not like it, but understand that's how it needs to be for us to have a site at all. We're all in this together.
When not-my-topic questions happen naturally, it's easy to accept. However, when someone goes out of their way to create a large number of them artificially, it's annoying at the least. It's one user doing something to their narrow advantage at the expense of many others.
A good metric for such things is to consider the situation where everyone is doing it. Clearly that's unsustainable and will just lead to nuclear proliferation. If this is continued to be allowed, then I could respond with 10 made-up questions a day on things I'm interested in. These of course won't interest many other users, who then respond with their own made-up questions, etc. In the end we have all artificial babble with genuine questions going unserved because they get flushed off the front page quickly.
So my overall point is KNOCK IT OFF ALREADY!
Sigh. Apparently people have a hard time separating the principle from a specific example. I have removed all references to the particular topic that was flood-posted here recently. It's not about that topic or any other particular topic, nor is it about whether I happen to like a topic that was flood posted or not, nor about the total number of questions in any particular topic.
The issue is about having a large number of artificially created questions about a narrow topic. This has the negative affects on the site itemized above.
As I also said, if a user really has a bunch of questions on a particular topic he genuinely wants the answers to, then I can live with that too. However, I think it's quite clear that's not what's happening in the incidents that started this discussion.