So, we've got a lot of questions like:
- How has the photographer made the subject stand out in this shot?
- How do I take a shot like the flooded tree by Andrew Tallon?
- What settings do I need to take a night cityscape with blue sky like Eric Rolph?
- What techniques has Jennifer Tibbetts used to make her photos "pop"?
- How was this black and white photograph of a calm ocean done?
- How do I achieve the coloring similar to photos by Tonhya Kae?
These aren't awful, and they're generally moderately-well voted up and answered.
One problem is that they're not searchable, at least not with the current state-of-the-art in web search. I (and other people) have tried to edit the question titles to be more descriptive than they often come in, but even still, I question their future usefulness to other visitors.
But more importantly, it's as if Stack Overflow were full of questions like:
I really like this software. Can anyone tell me what techniques are used? I'd like to make something similar. Will an object-oriented technique work? Can I do it with my current programming language? If not, what programming language should I buy?
Questions like How to make transparent liquid on white porcelain visible? are far more valuable and interesting. I want to do this thing, and I tried and got this. What can I do to get better results?
Now, I don't want to tell people curious how something someone else did was done to just go away. But is there some way we can encourage them to try first and then post their own examples? If we had a question like that every day, that (plus good answers, of course) would all by itself by an awesome site, let alone everything else we do.