What has happened to the quality of answers on SO?
How to improve quality of SO questions/answers?
Add the ability to ignore users
Has anyone else noticed that the overall quality of questions that are being asked on SO has been declining significantly over the last few weeks? At least in the asp.net tag, which is where I spend most of my time.
As someone who mostly answers questions and asks relatively few, this is discouraging for me. I don't answer questions primarily to help a bunch of strangers: I do so to help myself; to learn new things by understanding the issues that people run into. As question quality declines, so does my interest in participating here as much as I have been.
I realize there may not be much that can be done, but I wanted to mention it in case I'm mistaken--or maybe it's happened before, and it's just a passing phase? One possibility would be to add a filter that eliminates users with less than a certain point count from the list of open questions; it's the recent flood of newbies that seems to be responsible for the majority of the junk.
EDIT: regarding examples: if you look at new questions for the asp.net tag, many questions from people with less than 100 points or so are pretty bad. Many are barely understandable, including badly broken English, much less being valid questions. Here are a couple of random URLs from the first page of current questions (caveat: sometimes other users will edit the questions to help make them more legible, so they can be a moving target).
How to setup an online shop using HTML or ASP.net
How to get the link dynamicallY?
Asp.net treeview on masterpage
After thinking about this for a bit, one solution seems clear: I really don't want to have to filter through a bunch of newbie junk. It's a slow, frustrating experience. I do my share of edits and close-this-thread votes, but I don't enjoy it. My suggestion is to allow users who reach a certain point threshold to be able to filter the posts they see by the number of points the person asking the question has.