How can we improve the question system altogether?
I wasn't aware it was that bad. The community here collected a decent basis of good content, so much that SOinc. can now leverage that content into the next phase without much of the community input.
This comes from a fact: it's as easy for a question maker not to get rewarded for a question (even if it's a good one) as it is for a network user to down vote a bad question. This is a real fact; even if you don't think a question is bad, almost nobody will up vote a normal/good question.
From my infamous SEDE query still shows that it is easier to get an upvote then it is to get a down vote. It is amazing we manage to get rid of bad content, given the down vote investment.
So for one user who might sometimes ask bad questions, even if it's a very few of them, as time passes they will end up reaching a question ban.
No, in the end their "good" questions will garner upvotes (as the facts from my query show), putting them over the threshold for a quality ban. If they only manage to ask subpar and 0 scoring posts then they get nowhere. If that is 20% then so be it.
In order to prove my points: Let's say I'm new to a technology, Magento for example. Then I would like to find some topic (almost tutorials I would say) like "How magento works?" But we all agree this kind of question is off topic because there isn't a specific answer required.
Yes, in 2009 we had still no idea how this Q/A model would pan out, nor what type of questions and answers would work well. In 2013 we knew and those broad, open ended type of questions were deemed not a good fit. Closing those questions became the new standard and deleting a must. The lack of delete voters to clean-up those questions is what should worry us.
But then how can you explain to me such an issue which is basically the same for drupal gets so many up votes while still being off topic? How Drupal works?
Maybe these questions are better received on their designated sites like Drupal.SE. For a programmer with a practical problem to solve, having a broad overview of how something works is close to useless and probably covered elsewhere much better.
My guess is that this issue was done a long time ago.
Yes, you could have found that yourself.
At this time I think the users were much less elitist than they are today.
I don't see why I need to be insulted, please refrain from doing that again going forward.
If you do the same today, you will get down votes from most users without any doubt.
Yes, I have a much better understanding of the scope of Stack Overflow and questions that are not useful for future visitors get my close and down vote. The close vote in the hope that no answers will be provided, the down vote to expedite the roomba.
This is why my thinking is that the whole network should refactor re-think this question system. In other words, we need to find together a solution to the question: "What is a good question?" A solution different or at least extended from the one already existing.
We have had since 2010 Meta sites where 0,015% of the community discussed the scope of their main site. That definition wobbles and if anything, I think overall question quality is better served with a strict and narrow scope, allowing less then we allow today. That does mean we sometimes have to let go of Q/A's that once were thought to a pearl but turn out to be less shinny after all. And so the 0,015% of the community decided to redefine their scope a little bit.
Make no mistake, that 0,015% are the most invested users, those that care and feel responsible to make the content quality prevail over personal preferences. Maybe the now proposed mechanism by SOinc can replace that, leading to more support for your stance. I do warn you that The Loop will include way less then the current 0,015% so if that experiment doesn't give a scope definition for Stack Overflow that satisfy your and my needs I think we have to agree Stack Overflow no longer aligns with our personal goals for how we want to share our knowledge with future visitors.
Do not ask what a good question is. Ask for a specific topic what lasting value we want to curate for visitors to come. Think about the customers, not about the content.