It seems like there's a gremlin in the Fate answers. He bites without warning, no one is immune, and while he'd been quiet for some time, he's back now. And he's making it hard to get good answers, which makes people not want to ask at all (I'll explain that at the end, after I've defined what I'm talking about.)
The gremlin is a tendency to focus on Fate as a narrative game when it's inappropriate to do so.
I'm referring to a trend in answering Fate questions which seemed common for a while, but then died down and I'm concerned to see it again in this answer. (Let me make it clear that I'm not singling out SSD; a number of citizens have fallen into this trend at different times, and there's no real common thread or serial offender that I've noticed--hence the "gremlin" idea).
The gremlin encourages us to respond to Fate questions that are specifically concerned about how the mechanics work with an answer which basically says "Fate isn't about mechanics, just make stuff up as it goes," and often implies (or outright says) that worrying about mechanics in a Fate game means we don't get Fate.
Sometimes this is the entire answer, as in this post which ignores the established setting and mechanical guidelines in favor of "Fate is narrative, so just make stuff up as you go." (The whole thing is especially egregious when it's being done in a post about a rules-heavy Fate system like DFRPG with subsystems and very explicit lines drawn for what is and is not mechanically possible, as well as strong setting definitions.)
Even questions which ask about how to facilitate the Fate philosophy are susceptible to having answers which condescendingly and painstakingly explain the Fate narrative philosophy instead of talking about how to implement it.
Other times, it's tacked onto a totally okay answer, as if the asker of the question is so fundamentally clueless about the system that they need to be educated about it even though it's tangential to the question they asked.
To me, and people I’ve talked to, this feels like having the “d20 + ability modifier” mechanic explained every time I ask a D&D 3.5 question... often instead of answering the question I actually asked. Which is, at best, unhelpful and patronizing.
Now, don't get me wrong. I think the Silver Rule (“never let the rules get in the way of what makes narrative sense”) is pretty essential to the Fate ethos. But all those rules still exist and are important --or we wouldn’t have a Golden Rule that says to figure out how the rules help model what we want to do! This gremlin nudges us to tell each other that if we try to understand how things can work within the rules provided, we don't get Fate, and the rules are not what Fate is about (why, then, do they and the Golden Rule exist?). There is no rule that says “ignore the rules and do whatever.” The Silver Rule is about when the rules would get in the way or cannot help, not a general justification for telling people to stop trying to understand the rulebook and turn the game into a free-form RPG.
This is making it hard to ask questions.
I know that for many months now, every time I sit down to ask a Fate question, I dread the possibility of meeting this gremlin. I spend a lot of time trying to phrase my questions to avoid getting cluttered with answers that just say my mechanical concerns are unfounded because I can ignore the rules. I even sometimes don't ask questions if I fear they'll provoke a tide of "you just don't get the game" answers.
I've spoken with a few others who have encountered the gremlin, and it's hurting their ability to be enthusiastic about asking Fate questions on this site, too. This is a problem. The gremlin is cluttering the Fate questions with Answers That Don't Answer the Question. This makes people feel like they'll be called dumb for asking how the system works--which makes them stop asking Fate questions, which is... bad... for an SE site.
How can we make this gremlin go away, so that our Fate answers are no longer plagued by the idea that wanting to understand and use mechanics is antithetical to the system's ethos?