A lot of the most popular questions (viz. those with many views and highly voted answers) here on Physics SE (main site) are simple questions: Why does the cream of an Oreo stick to one cookie? Why is a steel ball more likely to break glass than a pillow is?
They can be answered simply, with basic mechanics, or they can be answered in depth with numerical estimates and attempts to model quantities with equations (kind of like the xkcd what-if articles).
When answering questions, are we expected to:
Give the greatest detail that exists, and mention edge cases
Simplify as far as possible
Or use our discretion to judge the OP's background and answer accordingly?
I'm somewhat new here... have I misunderstood our objective while answering?
Edit: I've changed the words used to describe 'popular science-like' questions.