The comment to an ELU meta-question states
the aim of StackExchange is not just to offer help to the person asking the immediate question, but to build a high quality repository of good questions and great answers. Libraries need librarians. Also, salutations and valedictions (hi / thanks ) do not automatically make a post low-quality, not at all. But they should not be included, and including them is a clue that the person asking is not familiar with the site and its tenets
goes a long way to show what is wrong (and, one could
almost say disingenuous) with how Stack Exchange actually works, or what it really wants.
For instance if I go to a SE site that I am not a member of (I will use Academia, because it's the first one on the list), I see:
1 Academia Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for academics and those enrolled in higher education. It's 100% free, no registration required.
No mention of the purpose of SE of being a "library" or of "build[ing] a high quality repository of good questions and great answers." So don't blame me if "[I am] not familiar with the site and its tenets."
2 Here's how it works:
Anybody can ask A question
Anybody can answer
The best answers are voted and rise to the top
SUPER! This is exactly the place I want to be, because I have a question that I want an answer to.
No mention of the purpose of SE of being a "library" or of "build[ing] a high quality repository of good questions and great answers."
As for the tour, I did not take the two-minute tour when I came to SE/ELU (my first SE site). Why?
- Because I am a web-surfer looking for information that I can get quickly.
- Because I expect a site's opening description to provide the site's reason to exist.
- I don't want to waste two minutes on a tour, because frankly I am smart enough to know how to, quote unquote, "ask any question".
- And 120 seconds is too long a time out of my life on the same internet in which search engines provide 1000000s of results in seconds.
If I do return to the tour, then I get:
3 Taking the "2-minute tour":
Academia is a question and answer site for academics of all levels. It's built and run by you as part of the Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites. With your help, we're working together to build a library of detailed answers to every question about academia.
The main description that sticks out to me as a newbie to the site is that it is a Q&A site. The additional statement about "working together to build a library blah yada yada blah" rolls off my back like a duck out of water, because as a web-surfer I have not come here to help build a library but to get my question answered. This mention of a library does not interest me, and on the first page it is said "anyone can ask a question, anyone can answer it."
Ask questions, get answers, no distractions
This site is all about getting answers. It's not a discussion forum. There's no chit-chat.
Okay, great, because that is what I came here to do: get an answer. I could care less about building some library and I have already forgotten that non-highlighted statement of the tour's first paragraph because we usually do not see what we are not looking for, and it is certainly not one of my concerns.
That mention of "building a library," of little interest to me, the new user, is the only use of the word library in the tour. (And yes I know, now, that what the tour does is to describe GOOD QUESTIONS so that SE can carry out IT'S (NOT MY) AGENDA of building a library.
In other words, it is kinda like a cult. SE invites people in, offering answers to life's problems (questions) but then only later does SE stress that what SE wants is to be a library, and that you are here for that purpose.
Therefore, do not fault me if I am, quote, "not familiar with the site and its tenets." I have not yet been brainwashed into SE's actual raison d'être.
SE is not all about getting answers is it?