I just had the following conversation with a friend of mine, summarizing him grumbling about RPG.SE not being very useful to him.
Mikhail: Being a total stranger to the resource, i come there, and look at the front page of questions, just clicking on the ones that look interesting. half are trivial, the others have immediate comments of "rewrite this" or "too general/specific, throw away"
Mikhail: I don't feel like i'm wanted here
Brian: Well, what do you mean by wanted? Cause you do have a lot of gaming knowledge. So we can use your answers.
Mikhail: my input, whatever it would be, will be criticized for not fitting some criteria or others, until i learn what the spoken and unspoken rules are like. this presents 2 clear options
Mikhail: 1) put effort and time into learning the rules, observe how people post and answer questions
Mikhail: 2) shrug and not bother writing answers that will not be appreciated despite being correct
How can we make the site more approachable for newcomer experts?