I find a lot of good content on SO, both by searching on SO and thru search engines (i.e. Google) – here's an example search – but the content doesn't fit the narrow scope of SO itself. But aside from being out-of-scope, that kind of content is both common and useful!
The (excellent) design of SO also makes finding good examples of this kind of content easy (and fun). Why can't we explicitly include this kind of stuff too, just somewhere clearly separate?
Some example questions that would be appropriate in a 'fun' or 'open-ended' SO site:
- Suggestions for software to ease setting up a build server
- List of freely available programming books
- Hidden Features of C#?
More good examples can be easily found by looking at closed questions.
Two (related) sites I really like, and that are based on what I think is a really wonderful idea, are The Wirecutter and The Sweethome – both sites maintain 'best of' for various categories. I think that a 'fun' SO site could do the same for programming.
Isn't it sad that we're fighting user-nature by combating what is arguably useful and interesting (or just entertaining) content? Especially when that content is useful for programming?!