One thing that I have been thinking of for a long time on the SE network is that I find it strange to have “useful” grouped together with “clear” and “shows research effort”. Especially since downvotes can result in a question ban. But also because that downvotes can feel a bit hostile.
On the other hand, I do believe that it has some value that questions that are very unlikely to help someone else disappear. But I don’t think it’s fair to punish people that come with a clear and well researched question just because it seems unlikely that it is “useful”.
I think that it’s reasonable to expect that people create clear questions and do their research. But I do not think it’s reasonable to expect people to think about if their questions are useful to others or not.
In my opinion, downvotes should be reserved for cases where posters really have themselves to blame to some extent.
I’m not sure how to solve it in the best way. What do you say?