Why Do We Need to Close Questions?
This is pretty much duplicate of (minus the suggestion that people can abuse closing questions - though I suppose they could):
But I thought maybe we could have at least one version of this question that is not closed.
- There are downvotes
- Most questions are viewed and answered as they are new
- Its stifles people learning
- Often appears offensive and aloof (especially to new users)
- If you don't like "opinion" type questions you can always stick away from them
A good explanation of why a question is bad is far more useful to the original asker..
I can see where the logic of signal-to-noise arguments come from but are there any stats on site usage that shows how people find questions to answer that actually supports this? As in if 90% of questions viewed and answered are from people looking at the latest questions this would have no affect.
Does it mean that the various K.P.I's about the place (both on your account and on the site as a whole) would no longer be representative?
(Note: if you can find an open version of this question anywhere please link to it.. I looked & asked - http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/106135/where-is-the-original-question-this-quesiton-was-closed-as-a-duplicate-of)
P.S. If there are no discussion type questions allowed here either, I am sorry for offending you.. But it would appear to me that arbitrarily discursive questions (on all stack exchange sites) are left open, maybe as anyone with the authority to close it finds it interesting. leaving us with no clear idea on where you can post discursive questions.
P.P.S As a side note some of those discursive questions are very interesting and good learning - we have some experienced and knowledgeable users here, I personally love to read there opinions