To the pros and knowledgeable responders
(of which I am not one). I feel your pain.
Why don't you ask GW to make a "sticky"? I know it's possible -- the Kitchens forum has one. Something like, "Need Help? Start here." It could have . . .
1) Show us your property/start by taking a picture (instructions)
2) Tell us what area of the country/world you are in/what zone
3) Tell us what you plan to use the space for
4) Tell us what specific problems or challenges your site has that need addressing (privacy, shade, aesthetics, drainage)
something like that. I know it probably won't make a difference, because people can be lazy and just want to be told what to do, but at least it would be a start, and you could point people to it when they don't provide enough info.
Yeah, this is meddling but I can never keep my big mouth shut. Just a suggestion.