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I just found this question on the CSS featured page:
Why not use tables for layout of full screen single page applications in HTML?

This looks like a pretty obvious "primarily opinion based" question, if I'm not mistaken.

It even references itself as a variation of a closed question:

This question is a variation of this popular one: Why not use tables for layout in HTML?

I tried to vote to close, but of course you can't do that on bountied questions, so I'm looking for a little assistance.

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Wow, that was fast... – apaul34208 Aug 3 '13 at 2:51
even after it has edited, would this question be closed as opinion-based? – Samuel Liew Aug 3 '13 at 5:04
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I've voted to close it as primarily opinion based. I intervened because I feel like it should be closed, and it has a bounty on it (which keeps it from being closed through normal community moderation).

If the OP can make the following changes to the question:

  • take out the 'can I haz internet blessing plz' phrase
  • articulate an actual problem they're trying to solve
  • explain why they need this problem answered (I mean, really. Is it because CSS is hard?)
  • rephrase the question so it doesn't appear like they're asking someone's opinion.

Overall, it's a great topic of discussion, just not a great question for Stack Overflow.

Normally, if a post doesn't have a bounty, vote to close it. If it does have a bounty, that's an exceptional case where you can flag for moderator attention (Flag -> 'Other' -> Reason for flagging (more than a few words, please).

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Do you know if there are any particular reasons why we can't vote to close on questions with bounties, other than handling a possible bounty refund? – apaul34208 Aug 3 '13 at 3:04
@apaul34208, related: Allow users to vote to close bountied questions – Michael Petrotta Aug 3 '13 at 3:16
I agree, the ending was bad. But the problem they're trying to solve seemed clear from the beginning: implementing the layout using DIVs and a host of other tricks is "pure hell", and they're considering tables as a cleaner, more maintainable solution. They need it answered because they don't know the answer. If "CSS isn't hard" was a reason to close a question, you could close just about everything with the css tag. Go ahead, I'll wait. At some level, every question has a tinge of subjectivity; that's OK. I've edited and voted to re-open this one. I see little wrong with it. – Cody Gray Aug 3 '13 at 4:50
@CodyGray "Which is more maintainable" is normally a question that solicits opinions. I can see ways where it wouldn't be, but that would require a very well defined problem with very well defined success criteria. – George Stocker Aug 3 '13 at 12:18

Flag it for the moderators. I've successfully used an other flag with text similar to "Off topic opinion based question protected from closure by a bounty" to have those questions closed.

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@animuson: Thanks for the edit. Habit. :-) – Ken White Aug 3 '13 at 3:23

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