Lately I've been seeing a lot of questions on Meta from people who apparently don't want to think for themselves about how they should behave on Stack Overflow.
Ordinarily on a site that claims to be run by its users (tm) one would think that one could just do whatever one feels is right until someone else tells one that it's wrong. Instead these users rush to Meta to ask what the best way to behave should be. That's crazy. Just do what you think is right. Why are you so hung up what other people think is the correct way to behave? You have the privileges granted by your arbitrary number to do great things. Just do great things. Don't second-guess yourselves.
Somehow I think this is related to the nature of Stack Overflow. Neil Butterworth commented in this highly relevant question that SO is a magnet for people with OCD. I think it's a bit more sinister than that. I think the nature of SO as a place to ask questions makes people feel they should always defer to other people with respect to their questions.
Ergo, when people wonder something they rush to ask a question about how to use the software instead of remembering that the software is designed to be self-moderating: that they should behave as they see fit and not bother the rest of us with their weird little dilemmas about every tiny little thing.
Realistically I'm not sure if it's that SO encourages asking meta questions by force of habit or if it just attracts the kinds of people who defer, defer, defer. All I know is that I find it sad that there are so many people who are so quick to do it. Whatever happened to the freedom to govern oneself? Do these people not feel confident enough in themselves to make their own decisions?