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Subjective question on Stack Overflow.

In SO I've seen really subjective questions which stay open, while other ones are closed in say 3 minutes immediately without giving an explanation other than the usual boilerplate FAQ quote.

Subjective and Open: (few examples)

I've throughly enjoyed reading all of these discussions. But I was at a loss on why there's this difference between some questions and some others.

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marked as duplicate by ChrisF, John Rudy, Ladybug Killer, fretje, jmfsg Feb 25 '10 at 12:45

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I guess this a duplicate of meta.stackexchange.com/questions/28559/…. So please some one close this question. Thanks [I hope my voice is heard there in that post] :) –  user143677 Feb 25 '10 at 12:00

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Read this blog entry.

I know that we’re all programmers, so we love thinking of the world in absolute, binary terms — either fun questions must never be allowed, or fun questions must always be allowed. Well, I hate to be the one to break this to you, but the world is more … floating point. We will sometimes allow fun questions that meet the three broad guidelines I outlined above, but even then, only a limited amount.

On Stack Overflow, contrary to popular opinion, we don’t hate fun. But only a certain amount of fun will be tolerated, and always with steely, businesslike frowns. :)

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But in the blog, Jeff says about upvotes and favs count. I've seen questions getting closed in no time. Is that the time given for the stats of upvotes and favs.? –  user143677 Feb 25 '10 at 12:19
@legends: votes and favorites can still be applied to closed questions, as can reopen votes if the community feels it should be open. –  John Rudy Feb 25 '10 at 12:22
"Strangest language features" was written by me.. It had 10 votes and favorites in less than 2 minutes (and then was closed in less than 3, but oh well) –  Andreas Bonini Feb 25 '10 at 12:54
er and @ State of the Union: Knowing that people can still upvote/fav a closed question made me understood. Thanks for your replies :) –  user143677 Feb 26 '10 at 5:44