First, a lot of people have a ton of perspectives on this - I think one way everyone can win is making edits as necessary to improve questions. Especially for marginal questions, relatively small edits can make a huge difference. A marginal or even poorly received question can have a significant difference.
jmac made a great post about this and I think it's a good perspective still. Ultimately people here want answers to their questions. In many cases, us regular users can make small edits to make that more clear. Or sometimes more significant edits.
Also voting can help, right now the question is closed with 0 reopen and 0 delete votes.
I have been thinking about this a fair bit. This is a good example of a question which fits the following:
- Quite useful to the Internet as a whole
- Is quite simple
- Somewhat broad and "give me a list"
However, I think that it is an ok question because it is asking for information to be used to make a decision. It isn't asking for "is my company failing?" or "can you tell me if I'm going to lose my job" -- these would require a crystal ball. I do think that there are many characteristics of companies which can be described in a useful fashion, such as done by the answers there.
Additionally, it is helpful to have a good post to point to for other related questions - we seem to get a lot of questions here actually asking for the crystal ball to answer "are we going to run out of money?" and those are not really answerable. Having a good duplicate target is better than closing in those cases.
It is somewhat list based, but I think in this case it is an entirely reasonable list type of question - it's asking for information regarding what factors to evaluate to determine workplace financial viability.
Ultimately though, the main reason I think it is a decent question is because I can easily imagine a different and more lengthy question which would essentially boil down to the same core question. Such as:
My company is having some problems getting my paycheck to me on time
and I'm beginning to question whether they are actually financially
solvent. It seems weird that they would have this problem because for
the first several years I have worked here, we have had no problems.
I know there are legitimate reasons this could be the case, but I am
concerned my company is actually close to financial collapse.
What other things I should be looking for in order to understand
whether they are in a position financially to remain? Perhaps other
warning signs or characteristics which would suggest I will be out of
an employer soon?
While this question still somewhat suffers from the "list" problem, it is a viable question in my opinion - but the core question is still the same. It's just wordier and prettier, but ultimately the same question.