Something I've seen a lot of in response to questions (mostly low-quality posts from new users) which significantly lack enough detail to understand the issue, is some users here immediately jumping in to ask the OP for their blend file so we can take a look.
While sometimes this may be a quick-ish way to sove OP's particular problem, if someone here wants to take the time to open the file and play around, I would argue this method should be avoided where possible as it seems to me as if it doesn't fit the SE philosophy for a couple reasons.
- It's cumbersome for future reference. One of the primary purposes of SE (one may even argue the primary purpose) is not just to answer your particular question, but do it in such a way as to provide a helpful reference for future people with the same issue, to create an encyclopedia of sorts. An encyclopedia which requires downloading files to even understand what a post is about is not a convenient encyclopedia to use.
- It might encourage lazy asking practices. As Ray Mairlot alluded to here, being told right off the bat that they can just upload their blend file, users may get the idea that "here's my .blend, plz fix" is an acceptable way of asking questions here. This doesn't seem to fit the SE requirements of minimum acceptable effort and desire for high-quality content.
- It puts extra burden on us, the community. Blend files may be great for troubleshooting an issue, but something they can't do at all is explain what the issue is to us. This overlaps a bit with the previous point, but we really don't want people getting the idea that they can get out of explaining their problem by posting a blend file.
- It makes questions inaccessible for some people to help. This point may be too specific to me personally, but I suspect I am not the only one in similar circumstances. Most of my time spent on Blender.SE these days is while I'm at work, either over lunch or just taking a peek now and then to relax my brain while something I'm waiting on runs. As a consequence, if a question consists of only a blend file with a few sketchy comments about an issue I am unlikely to be able to do anything. If a post contains enough information to understand the question in text and images however, I may be able to at least offer some helpful comments and at bare minimum be able to handle the post correctly if it shows up in a review queue.
I absolutely don't want to give the impression that I am against posting blend files in questions at all, but I do think we should discuss how quickly we jump to the "can you please upload your blend file?" comments on low-quality posts.
Can we maybe attempt to craft some metric or litmus test by which we determine a post contains enough self-contained information that providing a blend file will only improve its quality? (Similar to how we judge link-only answers vs. answers which contain helpful links.)