Over the past few months, there have been an increasing number of questions that have some sort of introductory text like "as this other question brings up", or "now that I know the answer to this other question", or "following on from this question here".
I'm referring specifically to links to other scifi.se questions, and specifically in the question body itself as an introduction, not as a comment in the question, or by way of providing additional information.
I personally dislike this - I like questions to stand alone (with links to related material, of course), so that someone new to the site (e.g. the from-a-web-search person) doesn't have to (and/or doesn't feel that they should) step back through a series of other questions to follow what the question is about.
To me, these seem very 'forum-y' and not in line with the high-quality questions that StackExchange value (the intro part, that is - not the entire question).
Is there a consensus about this?
A few examples:
- Why does Borg Queen have a gender?
- Do Borg have sexual reproduction?
- In Star Trek (2009), how did the Enterprise collide with debris while the shields were on?
- How large is the Forbidden Forest?
- Why doesn't the chain around Frodo's neck disappear?
- Of all the threats in the galaxy, why the Borg?
- How many elves were there in Middle Earth by the time of LOTR events?
Going into detail with the one of these (randomly chosen), this is the current question text:
In light of the comments discussions for "Data being intimate with Tasha Tar - why was Data built with this capability?" involving Captain Picard and Borg Queen, a question popped into my mind:
Do Borg even have sexual reproduction?
I would prefer something along the lines of:
Do Borg have sexual reproduction?
In Star Trek: First Contact, the Borg Queen flirts with Data and asks him when the last time he was intimate (as mentioned in this question about Data's sexual functionality). While this is obviously intended to distract Data, it makes me curious whether the Borg reproduce sexually, or if the Queen is only using knowledge of other species.
i.e. while there's a link to another scifi.se question, it's not the focus of this question, and it doesn't read like an ongoing chain of questions.