Something I see a lot of on SO are questions from folks that are looking for direction in an area that they are not familiar with, or are in such unfamiliar turf they just don't know how to properly ask the question. I don't mean questions like "what's wrong with this..." or "how do I write code....", but questions like "What's the best approach to...." or "Has anyone ever...." I'm referring those that are looking for advice, or general guidance with something they don't understand. So often, I see them get beat up with down-votes and reprimanding comments, I'm surprised they'd ever come back. (Reminds me of asking the teacher how to spell *Ph*armacy and being told to look it up in the dictionary, then start looking from F )
I understand completely why they're flagged as too vague, because they are, but I'd like to know if there IS a proper place to send these kinds of questions - for mentoring, or advice. When I see that kind of confusion with someone, I try to help get them on track to understanding. I've often received reputation and lost reputation in answers that I've given, and then then next day it's voted as closed. Again, I get it, but my point is that someone came looking for an answer, was helped them with it (often supported by others) and the whole effort becomes a waste because it's been ruled as irrelevant.
This question itself might be an example. I've search the site, found a few references, but not so many to know if I'm asking it correctly or not. Will be happy to delete it myself if I'm off base.