I think we have a problem that everyone's talking about. I don't know when the breaking point was: I'm new. But I've seen it over and over. A new user posts their first thread, an off-topic/POB/unclear/badly formatted post . . . and it gets put on hold. People say "it's not worldbuilding, you need to edit it because right now it's _____. It's too easily answerable because____." And then a lot of people don't leave a comment. I've seen a slew of meta discussions about this (pleasee read if you have the time). Here's a few examples:
This one was rather polarizing. I'm not sure how I feel about this thread, since it was based on one of my questions.
But I think the most important part to remember is our "Be Honest" policy. Here's an excerpt:
"Above all, be honest. If you see misinformation, vote it down. Add comments indicating what, specifically, is wrong. Provide better answers of your own. Last but not least, edit and improve the existing questions and answers! By doing these things, you are helping keep Stack Exchange a great place to share knowledge of our craft.
We need to be more welcoming. Downvotes are okay. Immediate VTC's are not. If you're going to VTC, leave a comprehensive comment, detailing NOT only what is wrong but specifically how to fix it. Or just leave a comment and then wait 24-48 hours until you VTC. Stop confusing and turning away new users. Don't just tell them what's wrong, tell them how to fix it.
How can we fix this? How do we make WorldBuilding StackExchange more welcoming, more open, and perhaps just a little slower? Should we not allow answers until the question has been reviewed and edited for 1-2 days? Put time limits on VTC's? More cleanly define what is "on topic/answerable?"