this is maybe the best point so far. although i came to SF looking for a very specific answer to a very specific question, that is not why i stayed at all. as a matter of fact, after i got my answer i pretty much thought i was one and done.
it was much more the conversation that was taking place around the forum that kept me engaged. the meat of SF never was, and in my opinion never should be, geared on giving concrete answers to very simple questions. do i wear a tux to the prom, is this a nice tie....
sure, all that stuff has a place here, and it is useful and necessary, but the real value of the forum is in the conversations that do not end with a clear cut answer. the conversations rooted in ideas and theories, and ones that leave us with a variety of answers, all based on the opinions of knowledgable posters who have posited very clearly why they think their opinion is right. and that leaves the readers and participants to mull it over and try and work out what works best for them and what is most sensible to their way of dress.
its nice to have a fairly easy way for newcomers to get answers, but that is not what the crux of the forum is imho.