After I specified this meta mathSE query's title, I noticed (in the drop down box) the meta mathSE query: Can the site design be improved to be more welcoming. That query is actually coming from the other direction. Also, that query is several years old.
My focus is based on the standards in the query: how to ask a good question. Based on that article, in my (very subjective) opinion, about 95% of the mathSE queries posted by new users seem to have serious defects.
In preparing this meta query, I also reviewed the article: what should be the role of welcome to mse. In addition to being more recent, that meta query seemed directly on point. This is discouraging because it indicates that a great deal of focus has already been placed on this issue. This suggests that this meta query may be a fool's errand. I honestly don't know.
I want to emphasize:
- I am ignorant of how new mathSE users are currently welcomed to the site.
- I have no idea whether the path of least resistance seduction can be significantly combatted by the welcome process.
- I have no idea whether other mathSE users regard this situation as a problem that needs to be addressed.
So, even if there is general agreement that the situation represents a significant problem, I am in the bad position of focusing on a problem that may have already been discussed to death, having no idea how to attack the problem, and having no idea whether the problem can even be meaningfully attacked.
Please regard my perspective on the above issues as uninformed. I am hoping that this meta mathSE query will lead to mathSE users sharing their ideas. Perhaps, someone will have a suggestion that others like, and perhaps the suggestion will be implemented, and perhaps the quality of the queries posted by new mathSE users will then improve.