I'm a new visitor to this site, and I've noticed that many questions posted here seem to leave out details about the intended audience. In my view, that makes a question incomplete. I could cite examples, but I don't want to point out individuals.
In response to incomplete questions, some of us fire off short answers based on their own opinion. There's also plenty of good general advice that inevitably includes the phrase "It depends on your audience." I also love answers that provide specific examples. I myself just finished writing an answer that amounts to: "You'll have to do your own research" because there's not enough info in the question about the target audience for me to comfortably hazard a guess.
I could think of many reasons — not all bad — why people would leave critical details out of their question (business confidentiality, corporate issues) but I find this lack of focus on audience — from people who are practicing user-interface design — a tad unsettling.
Maybe it's just been an off week. Or maybe people really do tend to leave out info about audience in the questions they post, here. Maybe there are different segments of users on this site, and only one of those segments has attracted my attention. I'd like to ask this navel-gazing question for those who see themselves as part of a professional community of UI designers: why is "audience" being overlooked in so many questions, and can we identify a subset of users that needs our support in this?