There have been quite a few medical help related questions recently, e.g., Clicking and clicking noise with bench presses. And I, for one, have a problem with this.
- They cannot be answered the way a person wants. Any answer given here might be bad for their health, and in some cases, even deadly.
- Most of them are too specific, and would probably not help most of the users that come to the site
- More often than not they call for a discussion, not a concise answer.
So, what I'm thinking is: Maybe we should create a new close option? It could say something like this:
This question has been closed due to its medical nature, as it cannot be answered correctly without discussion and/or extensive medical knowledge.
Also, could we create a sort of standard disclaimer for the more broad medical questions? Something like:
Standard disclaimer: I am not a doctor, therefore my answer should not be taken literally, nor can I be liable for any damage caused from acting on my answer.
The disclaimer is not really an issue, per se, but it could be a nice thing to have, instead of reinventing it each time a medical question pops up.