In response to a thread posted, "Please Add a Professional-Level Efforts Topic" a number of Serious Eats members expressed the desire for a way to pose more practical questions and get the same response in kind. The author of the original post, mongoose, has generously worked with us to help define exactly what "Serious Efforts" are. Below is what we've come up with as a starting point, your feedback is naturally welcome! A new year is as good a time as any to try something new, so let's give this a go.
‘Serious Efforts’ posts are intended to draw on members’ practical experience. Regardless of level of experience, we all have something to offer, because we care about the food we prepare, and we (mostly) work in home kitchens, making any advice we offer particularly relevant.
Is your question a ‘Serious Efforts’ post? The answer is ‘yes’ if it specifically describes a more complex technical issue or problem for which you would like input from others, and to which you have not found an answer elsewhere (including searches of the SE database).
The title of the post should clearly indicate what you are asking other SE members (e.g. “Solution to croissant ‘slumping’?”), and the question itself should be concise and to the point.
Questions that are hypothetical or vague (“What can go wrong if I make croissants”) would not fall into the ‘Serious Efforts’ category.
Label your ‘Serious Efforts’ posts like this: ‘Serious Efforts: [your question title]’
Replying to a ‘Serious Efforts’ post: Please keep your responses objective, to the point, and based on first-hand experience. Humor is fine, as long as it doesn’t conflict with the delivery of useful advice.