Maybe more intentional high-jacking would be good
Ok, just slap me if this would be rude, or considered just part of life on the Internet.
So a lot of posters have a help me, foundation, what shrub, etc question. But they also post a picture.
Responders try to address the question, and design-oriented folks try to steer it toward design principles and OP education. Often the OP isn't ready for that and there's a lot of back and forth trying to meet multiple needs(which is not wrong but doesn't always work in this format). Sometimes the thread winds toward a reasonable compromise, sometimes it is "high-jacked" on a rollicking fun design tangent, and sometimes it fizzles, sometimes gets testy, or sometimes no one responds because of the desire to avoid one or all of the above.
What if more of the postings were just opportunities to discuss cool design issues illustrated by the photo (plus any other useful information in the post) and without regard (much) to the question? Could an OP "observe" the discussion and, as in the mantra, " a word to the wise" learn something even if was not the actual question ? Or would that be a huge turnoff? Would it be too "clinical" and not fuzzy-personal enough? Or have paradoxically too few constraints, and a discussion would also fizzle without more input from the real situation?
It would not be just, what would you do with this photo, but different people might say, oh, here is a classic example of the ___, here is what I did to mitigate that once; or, see the excellent use of negative space there, do you notice how it ..... Or whatever. And you wouldn't necessarily care whether the question was, what shrub should I put next to the walkway or try to make the OP see anything.
I observe that that is already being done, so this is not a news flash, but I wonder if it could be done more? More like just intentionally going all the way past the question instead of getting hung up over it.
....frankie (who also does not want to be seen as trying to dictate how threads should or should not develop or make any other rules in that regard).