The steak article did not merely say "I like steak". You're right, if it was that way there would have been no discussion and even the epicures would have voted it down. But the article said "I like steak, and this is how I cook it....", and then "Anyone else? Corrections? Comments? Further ideas?". Several people commented on the steak article, and posted a few tricks they use, seasoning recipes, and what they think works best...and it was informative. Granted, a steak article probably won't spark any major flamewars (maybe vegetarianism vs. everything else?), and tumeric may find it harder to troll food-related items, but that's fine by me!
Discussion is not all cut from the same cloth; sometimes it's serious, sometimes it's humorous, sometimes it's angry, and sometimes it's relaxed and open. I personally enjoy the latter due to its higher signal-to-noise ratio, although there must be a place for the others as well. Virtually everything, even flamebait, can be discussed intelligently if the participants are willing. I understand the concern that K5 could degenerate into a recipe site, but I don't believe that will happen; if there are too many food articles, people, including myself, will start voting them down, just like most of us do now with any article that mentions Iraq. :)
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