After spending a week or two here, watching the questions in my RSS reader, I'm beginning to think Writers.SE is... doomed to mediocrity, unlike, say, SO. Writing is a process, but unlike the "harder" disciplines, there's rarely an objectively "correct" answer. In this respect, a traditional discussion forum approach seems better suited to talk of literature, English, and writing where the discovery process can happen chronologically, in a more natural way.
As a fairly serious (non-fiction) writer, I'm interested in maybe 1 out of every 10 or 15 questions that are asked, and this ratio is getting worse, even in the two weeks I've been here. The reason I came to the meta section this morning is because yet again, my internal response to most of the questions in my RSS feed is "Ugh, are you serious?" I've never downvoted--I don't find the concept of downvoting very useful in a subjective subject area like writing--though I've been tempted to.
Writing and literature are so subjective that I just don't feel the
one question -> one answer metaphor really works. (Even though I sometimes wish it did!)
All that being said, I know new services take time to discover themselves, and I plan on sticking with Writers.SE for a while yet.