This is definitely a tenuous question without any hard data, but I want an answer:
Is the quality of the average SO user going down? A few years ago SO seemed to be both a source of good answers written well and also a relief from all the stupid antics of almost every web forum in history.
It seems to have gradually changed... There are still oodles of good answers on SO and that will never change fortunately; the good answers will remain.
But more and more I post a question and 30 seconds later people are replying or voting without having read the question. I just posted a question that was very clear, had all of 2 lines to read, and provided a pseudocode sample to reiterate what the question is NOT about; nevertheless within 60 seconds, it acquired three answers plus some comments ALL addressing what the question was specifically stated to be NOT about!
This sort of thing seems to be happening more and more.
Question: Do you observe what I'm observing or not?