Not my forum obviously, but here is the issue: there is a delicate balance that the forum must maintain between staying on topic and driving people away. People may disagree with me on this, but technically if the “letter of the law” is followed, the whole forum can be replaced with Markeplace, private transfers and that’s it. The entire Ask the hackers section is very rarely anything new that can’t be answered by an auto-responder, a search engine, or comparing the “how’s my deal” with the marketplace or LH calculator. Even if the ask the hackers section is to be considered viable, after each post, if the thread is locked between @mllcb42 triggering the standard FAQ dump and the OP providing required information, there would be maybe a few threads a week that’s alive. On top of that, if all the duplicate (as in not adding anything new to the conversation) responses are removed, there would be barely a functioning forum. Issues like this are common to specialized forums in general, and hyper-specialized forums like LH bring it out that much more.
So what’s the solution? There are a few, but none of them are good in a sense of pleasing everyone. First and foremost, noone is holding a gun to anyone’s head to respond. If you don’t want to discuss the $900 pilot for the 15th time today, don’t respond. Second, moderators can always take a hard stance on the issue and start closing threads immediately with “asked and answered”, or “duplicate”, but that’s going to piss people off and will reduce traffic in the long run. They can let the threads run until the ultimately devolve into $900 pilot and then close them, but then people who may have provided reasonable responses will feel like they’ve just wasted time, so what’s the point, which again will lead to reduced traffic. Then of course there is removing parts of the thread, however that runs into the problem of unpaid volunteers with their own biases and limited time to deal with BS. Threads get snipped up into chunks with no logic which leaves part of the allegedly problematic conversation up while removing others. Makes things difficult to read in a lot of cases.
So what is the purpose of this site? At the base it’s to make money for its owners. The money is made (I’m assuming here) from broker fees and I believe I’ve seen some ads somewhere. Both revenue streams require eyeballs, not people coming to the site, no reason for brokers to hang out around here and pay whatever it is they pay.
My guess is that outside of brokers and a bunch of regulars, there is no reason for a person to hang out here except for a few weeks every 3 years or so per vehicle leased. Let’s look at the question of “what should I do” from a regular person. They are coming to a site that’s supposed to be specialized in leases and specifically lease hacking. They know they want a 3 row SUV and they know they have $450. Asking what’s the best one is not a crime at that point, as again, for them it’s a simple question asked of “experts”. In layman’s mind it should be a very simple question to answer. The response from the site is usually go to Edmunds and a bunch of other sites, do a ton of research, and come back here with numbers. That’s great, but then let’s all stop and think what’s the purpose of this site? If as a customer I’m going to go to all the sites and do all the research, I can just call the dealerships myself (not talking about 2021, but in general). And that thinking reduces visits, reduces incentive for brokers, etc…
What this wall of text is about is while to you it’s annoying to read the same drivel over and over again (which again noone is forcing you to or forcing you to respond to it), it’s perfectly normal for the person asking for help.