Should we expand the scope of this site to allow some simple "how to" questions?
This question was a recent example of the kind of question that could be allowed.
To give another example of this on stackexchange, GD seems to allow these sorts of questions, they even have a tag.
I've noticed that a lot of questions which get asked now tend to be duplicates, as most of the comment problem questions like "what are these dark spots on my model" have been answered already.
Allowing these kinds of questions would potentially:
Increase the number of "possible questions", giving the site purpose even after most problem questions have been answered.
Likely attract more answers per question, as there would most likely be many possible ways of answered such a question. This would help our answer ratio.
We already have some questions of a similar scope which have attracted many answers, such as How would I go about creating a spiralled dome?.
If we do decide to expand our scope, some further questions:
Should we do this retroactively? (reopening and answering closed questions, such as the one mentioned at the beginning of this post?)
Should we have a tag for this kind of question (GD style)?
What should the new scope be?
How do we go about defining the fine line of what is still off-topic? E.g. if simple howtos are okay, but full blown tutorials are not, how do we differentiate between a howto and a tutorial?