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I'm on the fence about voting to close this question on SF as subjective and argumentative. What do you guys do on SO with regards to this? I'd probably be ok if it wasn't "10 best...", but this is a bit broad. We don't get these too often on SF.

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Change the title to "Must have SSL cert providers" and then you'll be sweet. –  random Sep 21 '09 at 15:07
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Oh no , YAMH questions ... ;) –  OscarRyz Sep 21 '09 at 15:22
    
How about this question too: Top 10 Gotchas... stackoverflow.com/questions/1442473/… –  Nathan Koop Sep 21 '09 at 16:55
    
For the record, I just edited the question this time but next time I'm going the "close it" route. –  squillman Sep 22 '09 at 14:05

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Change the title to "Must have SSL cert providers" and then you'll be sweet. – random 8 mins ago

@random: I like that idea. Move that to an answer so I can accept :) – squillman 2 mins ago

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Dammit it smeagol! Why did you make it a wiki? You're losing out on arbitrary numbers! –  random Sep 21 '09 at 15:18
    
Heh, nice try –  squillman Sep 21 '09 at 15:25
    
Sickening that you, Gollum, don't live up to your name. Would have been far more impressed had you posted this as a normal answer and steeled your cojones for the upvotes. –  random Sep 21 '09 at 15:25
    
I didn't want to get rep thanks to you. You filthy little... what ARE YOU!? –  perbert Sep 21 '09 at 16:09
    
For now, we'll go with Shelob. –  random Sep 22 '09 at 1:04
    
If so, now you shall know me as –  perbert Sep 22 '09 at 1:34
    
Sneaky bugger! You keep changing your name so often it's like you're trying to avoid the path of the Ring Wraiths. –  random Sep 22 '09 at 2:48
    
So this is what I ended up doing. Props to smeagol for scamming the answer :) –  squillman Sep 22 '09 at 14:04

This question should definitely be closed. It is both "Subjective & Argumentative" and "Not a real question".

Questions fitting your format are fit to be the title of a blog post. In fact, the OP is essentially asking for blog posts instead of "answers". They are asking for people to compile lists of positives and negatives relating to (some tech thing) which is basically farming out your own research. In general, these questions about the single best something are frowned upon because they are subjective and invite flame wars. In this case it is even more so because they are asking for a body of research to be done.

Furthermore, questions of this sort are not particularly applicable to S[O|F|U] because of the changing nature of the technologies. Acceptable questions are about solvable problems.

I.E. "My system has these specs: XYZ. I have these symptoms: ABC"

That will remain applicable, because the system doesn't change. It may be applicable to other systems, but the solution should remain applicable to that particular problem.

"What is the best thing to do XYZ"

That question will become stale the moment the next startup rolls out its signature product. New startups appear every few hours. This question won't serve as a repository of valid up-to-date information unless someone is intent on maintaining and updating it. Then again, that runs completely counter to the purpose of the site, it is not meant to host blogs or lists. It is supposed to be strictly Q & A. Subjective stuff only meets 50% of those criteria.

So, after a lengthy, meandering, tangential response:

Close it.

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devinb 4,900●2●21 mmm... arbitrary numbers... –  perbert Sep 21 '09 at 16:10
    
But, to be fair. My arbitrary numbers are the best. –  devinb Sep 21 '09 at 16:20
    
No one can beat devinb's arbitrariness, except maybe random. –  Brad Gilbert Sep 21 '09 at 17:54
    
@Brad Better believe it! –  random Sep 22 '09 at 2:08

Not a real question. How's he gonna limit the responses to 10 answers? Or is everyone supposed to provide their personal top-10 list, and let readers vote?

And... Who needs 10 SSL providers anyway?

If he just wants a ranked list of SSL providers, he should have made the question CW and pre-populated it with those he's considering, inviting readers to vote for their favorites. That's still bordering on an abuse of the system, but at least it has a slim chance of actually being useful to someone for a short time.

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+1 not a real question is right for polls, supercedes subjectivity. –  ベレアー アダム Sep 21 '09 at 15:36

Edit the question to 'Who are the best providers..."

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