When I look at the front page of questions right now, I see a lot of questions about camera electronics and mechanics, about how lenses and focus work, mount adapters, artificial lighting, and photo backup and management. In fact, there's really only one question about taking photographs, and that's a kind of broad one about dealing with harsh shadows.
All of these are fine and perfectly on-topic, but we're missing something. This isn't supposed to be cameragear.stackexchange.com — it's supposed to be about photography!
I know we basically ruled out open-ended critique, but see Can we re-open the door to something a little like photo critique? — I'd really like to see new questions (daily!) with
- actual photographs
- a statement of some aspect that the photographer was aiming to achieve
- a question about how to analyze whether that succeeded, or about what could be improved for that goal, or about
I know this is somewhat subjective, but I don't think it's bad subjective — the answers can be based on actual experience and skill, and good answers help both the asker of the question and are interesting and useful to others. For example:
got great, interesting, helpful results. And I know some people were a little confused and frustrated by questions like What is a point of interest in a photograph and where is it lacking in this candle picture?, When should the negative space not be used to bring attention to a subject?, and How to show the theme "What happened??" — but I at least found them incredibly interesting and useful.
I'd like to encourage and reward more questions like this. They don't seem to be coming in naturally at all. Can we jump-start it in some way? Would a theme week work? A contest of some sort? Stack Exchange runs on "internet points" — is there a way we could have site-specific badges or something?