Writers.SE is the first Stack Exchange Site I've ever been involved with - I just happened to stumble across it one day while surfing the web - so I apologize if this might seem obvious to many of you. It's not to me, though.
I was reading through posts on what makes good questions, and one of the things listed there was something to the effect of: Questions that are updated to reflect answers given, continual research into the answers, etc. This is pretty easily seen in "objective" questions and answers - maybe not objective in that there is only one right answer (like to a programming question, for example), but not subjective in the same way that many writing answers / questions are.
Which got me wondering: how should we be updating our questions and answers as time goes on?
What particularly got me wondering about this is the large number of good answers to so many questions. One thing that kind of bothers me about Writers.SE is that the "best answer" picked might be seen by some as the "one good answer" or "only answer" or "objectively correct answer" to the question. When, in fact, it's usually not. I still pick a best answer, if for no other reason than because I think it is very important for community involvement.
But would it be a good idea, especially for those questions which receive a lot of answers to go back and create a link list in the original question which gives a quick overview of the answers given? Or for more "subjective" questions than the one I linked to (like Tips For Expanding My Vocabulary?) would it be appropriate for the author of the original question to choose a best answer, but then also point out (at the end of his original post) other noteworthy answers?
Stack Exchange seems like the kind of place where you don't want a lot of the exact same question coming up again and again - you want it to come up once, and then gather all of the good answers under that one-time-asked-question. If that's the case, it seems like a lot more thought and effort needs to go into not only how we ask questions, but even the format of the question (that it looks nice and is easily readable), plus making sure that the very first thing that people read (the question itself) clearly indicates good answers, maybe even includes links to other websites as time goes on, etc.
I'm just wondering if this is appropriate for the "Question" post and, if it is, how best to go about doing all of this / encouraging others to do it, as well.
One idea I had (which I haven't followed yet, but it came to me just this afternoon) would be encouraging the use of SE's basic HTML formatting: headers in questions that divide the question itself, extra description, further reading, good answers, etc. It's just an idea. I just wasn't sure if that was appropriate for the "Question Post" itself or not.