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I asked a question on SO that triggered a "subjective question" warning.

I found the reasons on why this warning was triggered, but my question is does it matter?

The question isn't subjective, there should be a clearly defined technical answer. Now I know the reasons, does it make any difference? Is it worth editing the question to remove the word that triggered the subjective warning?

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You've obviously seen the method through which subjective questions are identified. It's not exactly foolproof. If your question isn't subjective, go ahead and ask it. The warning doesn't close your question; it doesn't matter what it says.

What does matter, though, is the perception of the community; that's what you need to keep in mind. If your question seems subjective to them, then you have an actual problem. Removing any semblance of subjectivity can go a long way to allowing your question to survive.

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I think that is the key. "Make sure it doesn't seem subjective", so with that in mind, I edited the title. Thanks. –  Simon P Stevens Aug 3 '09 at 13:07

You don't have to. But if the system is telling you your question is likely a subjective question, you should probably listen to it, because the community (especially on SO) can be pretty harsh and close it down real fast if you are not careful (and I don't see this as a bad thing at all).

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Yes.

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