This is a follow-up to this question. I'd highly recommend giving it a read before proceeding.
I'm posting this as a new question because DaleM brought up a good point that, in dramatic fashion, left my question in shambles: it turns out that homebrew questions receiving "significantly more downvotes" is an overstatement. No getting around that. I tried to rephrase the question and it ended up looking really rant-y, so I've attempted to rephrase the question in a way that captures the original intent while (hopefully) leading to an effective outcome.
There's no denying that homebrew questions on this stack are problematic. We've all seen our fair share of messy homebrew, and I want to make it very clear that I don't want to encourage those kinds of questions.
Additionally, Dale M's analysis shows that homebrew-hate is hardly the largest problem that this stack faces. But over the past few months I've seen enough posts from hurt users and a large enough volume of meta questions on the topic that makes it clear that there's room for improvement, regardless of whether this is "the biggest problem".
From what I've seen, RPG stack is somewhat over-exuberant in its response to homebrew questions, even those that fit the guidelines established here. The basic problem here is that the seemingly default response to poorly-balanced homebrew, regardless of whether the question is adherent to official guidelines, is to blow it away downvotes and scorn.
So, should there be additional guidelines for poorly balanced homebrew? Based on the discussion in the previous question, I feel that there's need for additional guidance to accomplish one of the following:
- Establish or expand requirements for homebrew questions, such that the quality of the questions is improved.
- Or, while this may be somewhat idealistic, encourage a less acidic response to homebrew questions.
I'm adding my stance in the answers.