I love the way that Stackoverflow works, too. Although, it is primarily for developers and technology knowledge …
There are Stackexchange sites for role-playing games, language learners, and so on. The only problem I have with these Q&A sites is that I hardly ever feel like going there to read and be inspired. I just go there if I have a question, and when I’m there, I might answer one or two just because I feel that’d be fair.
Alex, I hear you. The one really great thing about stackexchange sites (at least on the coding end of things) is they tend to produce accurate answers to questions. So, as a space to share knowledge around some kinds of problems, it’s really good. It would work really well as a space to share some basic knowledge via Q & A around sustainable farming practices, for instance.
I will agree that it is not a place for deeper knowledge or concepts, or getting to know the people behind the discussion.
Would you say that stackexchange works best for questions where it is relatively straightforward to verify the validity of an answer once it has been found?
Seb, the platform is actually more powerful than that. There are questions and simple answers, one of which is determined to be the best one, with all of them getting votes. There are also questions of a different type that are best answered by a collection of links, statements, and so on. Those are determined to be “community wikis” if I remember correctly. They seem far less popular, however.
It would also seem to me that the platform would work for subjective questions such as relationship advice. Other people would offer answers, and one of them would be deemed “correct” by the original poster. There’s no inherent need to deduplicate questions (although on technical topics, people usually try to do so).