Stack Exchange generates a lot of controversy about which questions should be on topic on a particular site. Quora recently introduced limited distribution for certain tags which prevents questions from showing up in the main feed (and search too) unless a user explicitly decides to follow the topic.
Limited distribution tags on Quora:
- Needs attention - questions marked by the automated system as needing improvement
- Quora community - they don't have a meta
- Describe X in N words
- Joke questions
- Survey questions
- Test questions
I'm not suggesting we use these tags for topics like joke questions that the community has completely rejected. Rather, I think this could be useful for some of the survey questions, that were extremely popular and had a lot of good content but are now considered off-topic:
We could also prevents users from gaining reputation from these kinds of questions.
What about Programmers SE?
My example questions were from StackOverflow, but this feature is actually more important for other sites. StackOverflow has a sister site programmers SE that provides a home for many of the subjective questions that were pushed off StackOverflow. Most of the other sites are nowhere near the same scale, so this isn't a viable option. An example of the demand for this kind of solution is the request on Cooking SE for a separate recipes meta site. The problem with a separate meta site is that it requires the user to participate in yet another site.
Would this be useful for some of the more controversial areas within StackExchange?