With all of the recent talk about how different our content is supposed to be from Wikipedia's, I'm concerned we may have gotten derailed from the original intent of the site.
But aside from that, my main concern is the reasons I have received for the down-votes and deletion of my recent questions. We now apparently down-vote and delete posts if they are not interesting enough (despite their relevance), if there are too many (despite their contribution), if they seem too easy to answer (despite widespread scholastic debate), if the person asking doesn't spell out all of their background research (even if it is confusing, inconclusive, and thus, moot), and my personal favorite: if the person voting imagines that the person posting had evil motives (despite the merits of the question itself.) All I can say is: wow.
I am beginning to get the impression that the community here is more interested in "straining out gnats" than building our site -- a site, by the way, where I get more criticisms than actual answers (somewhere around 0-2 answers per question.) People, please... help me add content to our site so we can attract more users before this whole thing gets nixed! I love what this site could be, but it's really frustrating at times what it actually is.
Each of the questions I posted were legitimate questions, squarely within the scope of the site, which I sincerely would like answers to. I have researched many of them myself (and had planned to begin tackling some of them), but felt the questions would be more useful to a broader audience without all of my personal baggage included in each one.
For instance, someone commented on how useless the question about Jonah's authorship would be. "Either Jonah or anonymous," they say. From my own research, I tend to think that it could not have been Jonah, and that we know more than just "anonymous" about the identity of the author. I'll save the details for another day (perhaps another site if the Q&A is not welcome here) but it's actually a very interesting topic, and is far from "easy," "low-hanging fruit" that could only yield "half-hashed answers."
But I will yield to the BH.SE community as usual. Just know that I strongly disagree with the recent reactions to my questions, save the couple of suggestions I received about metering them, which I intend to do if the community is actually OK with the spirit of my questions and simply took issue with the timing of the posts themselves. But at the moment the feedback on the whole is far from "please meter these" and is very confusing, leading me to wonder "what the heck is acceptable on this site?"