Related to NickC's attempt to define our audience ( How do we define our audience? (Diagram) ), I'd like to put a finer point on things: There seems to be a bias on this site against providing answers to "obvious" questions - those that anyone with a little experience and common sense wouldn't have to ask.
There is an entire group of potential users of all ages who have limited professional experience and are stepping into professional environments for the first time - they are the ones who are most likely to lack the common sense we take for granted, and would benefit from a definitive answer to (well-written) basic questions.
Is this a class of users we want on this site, or am I protecting pariahs?
The crux of my question is this: do we want to define our audience more like Stack Overflow (Anyone bringing us a practical, answerable question/problem they are currently facing in their workplace), or more like Server Fault ("Professional" professionals, with a definable level of experience/expertise pre-assumed)?