Is there anything dishonest about asking a question on a Q&A site to which one is not actually interested in learning the answer?
Possible ulterior motives could be
- wishing to pump up one's self-esteem as a skilled asker of questions,
- wishing to pump up one's rep (on a site like this one),
- wishing to demonstrate one's knowledge of a topic by answering one's own question,
- wishing to provoke an argument between those answering a question on a given topic.
Is there a problem of false portrayal of oneself as curious on a topic in which one is not actually interested? Does it have a practical marginal malefit of diluting the knowledge base by composing questions to which one is not committed?