I've seen discussion "questions" such as this one which don't appear to have any purpose besides promoting the proposal and announcing things for a site. I'm referring mainly to posts that are written in the question boxes but contain announcements, updates, news, and encouragement for followers. Is this an appropriate use of discussion questions or should a question like this be downvoted or closed?

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Personally I'm an advocate for keeping discussion questions strictly on discussions about site material and how to use Area 51. If an announcement feature really is needed, it can be requested and added.

  • What's the negative of allowing discussion questions such as the Sailing example?
    – JohnB
    Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 23:56
  • I don't feel like it's a discussion question. It seems more like an announcement.
    – intcreator
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 0:52
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    So? I'm not following how that's a negative. The A51 discussion zone is not like regular SE Q&A sites, we don't need to apply the same mindset here.
    – JohnB
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 1:20

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