I've noticed that quite a few fiction-related questions are asked here without a clear indication of the writer's ambitions for the work in question. For example, are they trying to produce:
Something aimed at the broadest possible audience?
Something consciously aimed at a specific (but still large) audience?
Something targeted to a small group of people with specific tastes?
Something that's highly individualistic and aimed at like minded people in the hopes that they're "out there somewhere"?
Something that's just for them (or their children, or their spouse) and might not even be read by others?
It seems to me that the poster's answers to these questions can make a big difference to the kind of answers that will be useful to them.
For example, answers pointing out that a technique is not well liked in general are unhelpful at best (and actively harmful at worst) if the poster is writing in a niche genre where this technique is well liked. The inverse is obviously also true, if the answerer doesn't flag up that they're responding with a particular niche in mind.
Besides just trying to bear this in mind when asking and answering questions, is there anything we can do to make sure that answers are pitched in a way that's appropriate to the poster's specific ambitions?