With the current wording, and the
“I would like others to explain __ to me” separated from the list, it's not as obvious to users that we accept these kinds of questions as it could be.
It's not like the FAQ is just plain incorrect, as with other issues. It's just that it's more or less hidden further down in the section. And everyone who's spent any significant amount of time should know that these questions whose answers are actually useful are on topic.
Ultimately, our problem with the on/off topic section of the FAQ isn't that it's incomplete (it always will be) or not as accessible as it could be. It's not like the FAQ prevents a lot of on-topic questions. We'd get more questions about that on Chat or Meta, if it were. Users ask practically everything (sometimes with a
"I'm not sure it's on topic" disclaimer, but still) and we then might need to close it.
So there's not much reason to make it more obvious.
OTOH, there's a problem with these kinds of questions: It's not easy getting them right.
- They must not be general reference.
- They shouldn't be answerable with a simple Google query (i.e. no research). If they are, they might be on topic, but still a bad question.
- If books have been written about the question, they're not fit for our site, they're overly broad and therefore NARQ.
It's difficult to get all of this right. Making it that much more obvious in the FAQ will just invite users (who skim the FAQ) to ask bad questions, or questions that don't fit our site's format.
Given that these questions are indeed being asked, I don't see a reason to act.