I've seen a few types of questions, which make me slightly... uneasy.
One is the "Complete this reaction" type:
Note that not all of the posts are necessarily "bad", I'm just listing a random bunch of questions which fall under this category.
- Products of HMTD decomposition
- Reaction between silver nitrate and aluminum chloride
Reaction of soap with water (Not exactly of this type--this is more of "what's the reaction behind phenomenon X")
These questions are essentially "I have A and B, A+B gives...?". I don't know what exactly is "bad" about them, I just don't like the look of some of them :P
The other is the "What's this molecule?" type:
- Interpreting a formula tattoo
- What is the name of cyclopropane with a double bond?
- How to name this cyclic compound with an O
I'm OK with the "what's the IUPAC name of X" type questions, since they talk about nomenclature concepts, and can lead to good, comprehensive answers. On the other hand, questions just asking for a name (like the tattoo one--doesn't ask for an IUPAC name, and I doubt anyone would answer with such a long name) can't really be answered with much more than "It's called Y".
I basically want to know the community's "feel" on such questions, how to identify "bad" questions of these types, and proposed policies if necessary. Thus this meta post.