I've recently been pondering a lot of questions about my specific career circumstances and the direction of the geospatial industry (broadly speaking) as a whole. I believe at least some of these would make for great discussion topics on GIS.SE, but as someone who tries to ask good questions for good answers, I'm not totally clear on how to do so.
There are some good questions out there that generally get shipped off to community wiki, and then there are some general questions that get closed as too broad. There seems to be a fine line to walk to avoid being too broad while still delivering the heart of the question. For example, if I were to ask hypothetical questions like:
Which has better career prospects: industry X or industry Y?
How will innovations in technology X affect industry Y?
That feels decidedly too broad and with no right answer. If I were to ask a question like:
I am a [this job title] in industry X. I have the opportunity to take [that job title] in industry Y. I have skills A, B and C. I would like to develop skills D, E and F. What should I do?
That's specific (and perhaps a bit compromising), but the question is still problematic because it seems totally opinion based and could possibly spark argument. A question like:
What is the projected growth rate of industry X?
...totally guts the question.
There are other stackexchange sites that specialize in these types of questions (workplace and programmers come to mind), but our industry is so small and specific I feel these questions are best directed to people working in geospatial fields.
I take it that because of the positive reception of a lot of the "good" career and industrial questions are fair game on GIS.SE. I'm curious though--what is the proper way to ask the "good questions" without being 1) too broad or 2) compromising the purpose of the question by being too narrow? Are there any accepted SE guidelines for asking these kinds of career questions?