Most of the general knowledge questions for programming have been asked. It's fairly rare to come across a non-duplicate nowadays. I think most of the questions that come in are oddities or edge/cases.
This was not a problem a couple of years ago in the Microsoft forums. I believe this is because they were not so strict with duplicates. Often, new ways to solve problems came about (sometimes better because of technology changes or new ideas).
In scrolling through some of the high rep-users answers I notice a lot of the answers are based on general knowledge. Playing the rep-game now is difficult because most of what's there can be referenced back to one of these originals and closed as a duplicate.
Is moderation relaxing a bit to counter the effects of what I am talking about? Am I wrong?