I am trying to choose between various platforms/languages to begin coding a major application. I would like to draw on the experience and knowledge of those at StackExchange to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of various options and more importantly to discover potential new options about which I currently know nothing.
I am having difficulty figuring out how to pose my question in a way that will not simply get marked as "Not constructive". I read Gorilla vs. Shark, and it seems like my question could easily be seen as falling into that category.
On one hand, my question has no single answer. Any pro or con about any platform (if well-explained) would prove helpful to me. On the other hand, I do have a need to answer this question, as I have to choose a platform. Furthermore, I have specific requirements for what my application must do, so I think that an all-out language war can be avoided.
Can someone provide advice for how to pose this question safely? If StackOverflow is the wrong place for this, is there another StackExchange site which would be a better fit?