In thinking about Ben Norris's answer to this question, asking about whether answers should contain a level of detail appropriate for the estimated knowledge of the asker, a subsequent question came to mind:
Should we develop a standard nomenclature for annotating the level of knowledge at which we are aiming our answers?
For example, using the United States educational structure as a paradigm, some (too-wordy) categories might be:
- Initial learning / High school-level
- Broad overview / Undergraduate-level, non-Chemistry-major
- Intermediate / Undergraduate-level, Chemistry major
- Advanced / Graduate-level
Such annotations would be almost exclusively useful to those with less chemical knowledge, as those with more experience should be able to sort out the 'target audiences' of answers pretty intuitively. To the inexperienced, though, perhaps such annotations would be valuable in allowing an "Ah, I haven't been introduced to that yet, I won't worry about it too much" sort of response to high-level material, couched in a consistent, site-wide formalism.
On the other hand, it might just be more trouble than it's worth.