I don't see a common body of knowledge where to start making questions.
A question arises because there is some body of knowledge and there are open issues in that body of knowledge (for a group of people and not for everybody).
One person in the group for which it is an open issue poses the question and (at least) one person in the group of people for which it is not an open issue anymore answers the question.
To write it shortly, people go from point A (absolute ignorance) to point B (partial ignorance) and want to get to point C (less ignorance) with an specific answer. So the answer takes from B to C.
In the questions I have made I didn't get any answers but comments about how I was wrongly at B. I'm trying to go to the knowledge (C) from (B) and I get pulled to question my questions (towards A).
Bertrand Russell wrote it better in 1912 (The Problems of Philosophy):
Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers
to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known
to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves;
because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible,
enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the dogmatic
assurance which closes the mind against speculation; but above all
because, through the greatness of the universe which philosophy
contemplates, the mind is also rendered great, and becomes capable of
that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good.
I don't think this is an intrinsic problem of philosophy, but I think this is a problem nowadays and specially on the Internet, where people are getting used to science giving all the answers and philosophy giving only some questions, some (most?) of them unsolvable.
Maybe it's my disappointment for the latest down-votes speaking, but without a change of the philosophy in the site, I don't think this can work as a Q&A site.
Maybe it should be changed to a site about questions on the history of philosophy, I can clearly see that working as a Q&A site.
Despite of that I really wish this site works and get answers to my questions, because I have many, and maybe we should consider that some questions (even if they cannot be answered) can be useful as food for thought. BTW: why the down-votes to my questions? If some questions are hard or provoke uncomfortable thoughts maybe those are the questions that are needed most.
Again as Bertrand Russell said:
Philosophy, if it cannot answer so many questions as we could wish,
has at least the power of asking questions which increase the interest
of the world, and show the strangeness and wonder lying just below the
surface even in the commonest things of daily life.
To sum it up, just in case it's hard to see the points in the long text, I see three options (not exhaustive and not exclusive):
- Change the site from philosophy to history of philosophy (I would NOT like that)
- Consider questions may be valuable even if there is no answer, this would change the site from Q&A to Q[&A] (Q and maybe A, I'd have written it as A->Q, but that seems more confusing)
- Don't question the questions [like that]. My (partial and surely biased) experience is that sometimes this is more of a Q&Q(Q) site (questions about the question). It's fine, there are some questions about questions that have to be asked, things to think, etc. But most of the time they don't feel like questions to seek for some knowledge but excuses to avoid seeking for it. That's soul-breaking.