We get a lot of equipment recommendation questions on this site; it's currently the 2nd-most popular tag, behind the lens tag.
Many of these questions seem to start out as something vague and hard to answer, like "What SLR should I get?". Commenters ask the person to clarify their needs ("What are you going to use it for?", "Do your friends shoot Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony?", etc), the question becomes tailored to the asker's situation.
While these are useful to the asker and can teach that person a lot, there's concern that these aren't useful to the site and to the wider Internet -- after all, every snowflake is different.
What should we do with/about these questions, so that they can be useful both to the original asker (not scare them off; respect their intentions; don't insult them) and also be useful to a wider audience?