"Worse, we have some folk (XP whoring? unable to evaluate the quality of a post? something else?) upvoting questions like the initial one in the thread you characterize as a strawman argument. Take a look at the last 24 or 48 hours worth of new questions. There are certainly some good ones, well asked; formatted readably; and non-obvious. But then look at the rest."
XP whoring?!?!? REALLY? I would call someone who has consistently enjoyed anywhere from one to two dozen upvotes every time he gives a snarky lecture filled with RTFM/Read the FAQ/How NOT to Post links, hundreds of times over the years an XP Whore. But that may just be me.
You've been told this before but it seems it needs repeating over the corpse of a fly ridden horse: IGNORE the posts! If you can't then by all means /msg the OP. But that would take all the fun out of it for you wouldn't it?
If we're going to make nonsensical correlations than let's look at the lack of poems, obfus and golf posts. Since pedantry by it's very nature is anti-imaginative I would argue that your (and other's) incessant nagging has killed any fun, creative spirit this place once had.