As a regular user of technical sites like Stack Overflow, Ask Ubuntu and more, I have a feel for how the various SE sites work. I notice the hermeneutics.stackexchange.com site is still in Beta so perhaps you are all still finding your footing.
I want to ask, has there been a specific choice made to break the mold that the other SE sites follow? I have noticed much more than other sites that regular users seem ready to post "helpful" yet vague comments on questions by relatively new users, when existing site mechanisms already have been tried and proven to assess question quality.
For example on this question, the comment was posted:
Welcome to Stack Exchange, we are glad you are here. When you have a chance, be sure to check out the site tour and read up on how this site is a little different than other sites around the web. This is not a comment on the quality of your question, but rather a standard welcome message.
Doesn't the downvote mechanism already work well on other sites to ferret out bad questions? This comment, despite its claim, leaves the distinct impression that something is wrong with the question.
So is the "standard welcome message" claim really supported by practices on more successful SE sites? I personally would recommend people give specific praise or criticism. I certain will post links to tour pages and "how to ask a good question" pages when warranted.
I did search this topic on meta and did not find something to address it specifically, let me know if I missed something, thanks. I think there's a great chance to have a wonderful site here, but if you want a community of experts you should go start your own site with closed membership. SE sites are designed for everyone, and the low quality crowd will be chased away by existing practices like downvoting.
Looking at the answers posted to the question I linked above, this comment is repeated on two answers, don't people think downvoting and specific criticisms are more inline with the SE approach?
Welcome to Stack Exchange, we are glad you are here. If you haven't done so already, be sure to check out the site tour and read up on how this site is a little different than other sites around the web. In particular, pay attention to what constitutes a good answer and make sure your answer meets those guidelines. Please note that "showing your work" is required. This is not a comment on the quality of your answer, but rather a standard welcome message.
Repeating the same text over and over on a page is going to throw Google off and reduce the search quality of your content. Google's Pagerank frowns on "keyword spamming. Not to say this is actual keyword spamming but search engines don't like repeated text on webpages.