This morning, I spotted a question that had attracted a lot of attention: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3831341/why-does-this-go-into-an-infinite-loop
The question was interesting and everyone wanted a go at answering it.
As I write this, it has 26 answers. About 15 of them are 100% correct. To write all these answers, several man-hours must have been expended. Is this not very wasteful indeed, seeing as the correct answer was available quite quickly? People seem to obsess about writing the most comprehensive and eloquent answer, when something much shorter will do. SO should ask itself if it wishes to generate discussions that become so comprehensive that the whole site becomes a reference document.
The SO system should try and steer people away from these trending question, at least for a few hours, to give the questioner the chance to accept an answer and call a halt to the madness of duplicating answers.
I am certain there will be cries that I have missed the point (and that my rep is too low to be this impertinent), but has anyone given this consideration?