I have been concerned about this for some time, and Joonas' recent post is a nice example of what causes my concern. The post is Where does our knowledge of the ancient poetic meters come from?
A little background
Firstly, I'm more of a lurker here than an active participant. That's why you don't see much of me, but on the other hand it makes me an unbiased observer. My SE activity started on the main SE site, but I gradually became dissatisfied with a) the constant negativity or nitpicking there, and b) the "give me teh codez questions", with no learning and no personal research.
I moved on to Software and English. Software is a but nicer, but still dog-eat-dog. English became boring because a) the lack of deep questions, and b) the preponderance of trivial questions (that I could answer, and did), but again there was no personal research. On some sites they are called LMGTFY questions.
I found a home on Cycling. A little like Latin, it's not dominated by a race to get the first answer out. It is more opinion-based than Latin, and that gives an interesting point of comparison.
Is the post on topic?
Maybe. What topics can I ask about here? says
We welcome questions about all aspects of Latin language, its relation to other languages and also cultural and historical questions that are strongly related to Latin.
but the examples don't explicitly cover such cases as this.
So is it clearly OT?
No, on my reading of What types of questions should I avoid asking?, it's on the border. For me it's
If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much.
You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face.
However, if your motivation is “I would like others to explain ______ to me”, then you are probably OK.
So where's the problem?
For me, this question has several issues
It shows no evidence of research.
I think a moderator should be setting the standards for the site.
It's not about Latin, or meta-Latin such as grammar.
It's really a request for resources.
Why not just flag it
I feel finding the boundaries is an important task for a fledgling SE community, and it should be discussed openly. Also, if I flagged it, I think it would give our moderators and senior (as in high-rep) members a conflict of interest.
Is this a rant disguise? I hope not. While I don't think this class of question belongs here, the community is run by us. All of us. There are at least two sides to the argument, and I probably haven't thought of them all; so I think it's positive to have the discussion. It probably will not be the last one.
So is the referenced post on topic or off topic, and why?