If we have one really reliable 'Hatfield versus McCoy' situation on so.com, it's the question of subjective questions. One camp (in which I generally find myself) appeals to the wording of the FAQ: "Avoid asking questions that are subjective, argumentative, or require extended discussion." The grammar is clear enough: subjective questions, even if not argumentative, are to be avoided.
The other camp has at least two things to say for itself:
- The close reason, unlike the FAQ, is clearly 'subjective and argumentative." So, merely transgressing the line quoted above does not justify its application.
- These questions can be interesting, educational, or fun.
- This FAQ.
The result is the ongoing 100-year community wiki war. Given a subjective question, some people start voting to close, others start asking for cwiki. If five people vote to close, five others leap onto the reopen button. With or without cwiki. Feelings are running so high that some people have started flagging some subjective questions as Spam or Offensive in an effort to raise the pain level. This can't be good. See this.
In the background, the votes pile up. If the cwiki bit hasn't got flipped on, I sense that this only further raises the blood pressure of the first group, who anxiously await the two-day timeout so that they can delete the thing.
Previous questions here that tried to clarify the validity of 'subjective but cwiki' did not lead to any change. The FAQ and close reasons remained as they are, and the cwiki faq remained as it was.
So, here I am again, tilting at the windmill. I think that it would reduce the collective blood pressure if one of two things happened:
- The main FAQ included a statement something like: "Subjective questions that don't touch on highly argumentative subjects, and are of very broad interest, are acceptable if marked Community Wiki."
- The main FAQ used stronger language to discourage subjective questions, and the close reason changed and to or to match the FAQ.
edit: I want to clarify my particular motivations here. I am generally in the front of the line closing and deleting subjective questions. I leave cwikification to the diamonds, I don't harass. However, I get a queasy feeling in the pit of my stomach from the comments that show up from people who object to the closes. So I'm pushing here for clarification in one direction or the other.
In passing, I would point out that a downvote on this question is purely a vote for the status quo. You should downvote if you think that everything is ponies and unicorns as things are, and that no clarification of FAQs or close reasons is a good idea.
Or because you it's 24 April, and Friday in Jupiter. This is meta, after all.