I feel that it cheapens our forum and more importantly, it cheapens the world of Graphic Design.
But that's just my opinion, nothing more.
Do we want to encourage these kinds of questions?
JohnB brought out some great points:
They drive traffic to the site, The good answers trump the LQ questions etc.
And I agree with all that, but a lot of times the questions are unclear / overly broad, and
sometimes rarely they are very specific about what the problem is, what they've tried, where they're stuck. (and I'm 100% for supporting that kind of question - with all the information)
When I see a question like
How do I make this effect?
[insert image with effect]
I need to make this effect, plz help!
To me it feels like this:
They saw this really cool picture, and they want to create it. they've never (or barely) used any editing.design program and are looking for one of those Youtube tutorials like these -ai or these - ps
I flag it, and in my head I'm sure that nobody is going to answer it.... but then I see 1, 2, 3 answers with full-length tutorials on how to do it.
When they get their response they're happy and either come back within a week with another tod question or never return.
I think that we need to draw a line at questions that are on-topic and questions that are off-topic.
There should be a minimum requirement of effort for these kinds of request if we are going to keep/answer them.
Ok, you want to make a tutorial for them to teach them. FINE, but isn't our goal to make these useful for others in a month, a year, 5 years etc.
Questions on this site should be potentially useful to future visitors...
From the flagging page
How is anybody going to find "How to make this effect" without any information in the post?!