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Ok I just saw a comment on this page and it got me to thinking (which is never good ;-) can I ask questions which are subjective but not argumentative without them being closed?

If I can't, shouldn't it be worded subjective or argumentative?

Comment in question:

Subjective but not particularly argumentative. I like it. Re-open.Charles

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An area of active debate. You see, you haven't hit the fun part yet. Compare the close reason description to the FAQ: "Avoid asking questions that are subjective, argumentative, or require extended discussion." Then stand back and watch the fur fly... –  dmckee May 31 '10 at 2:43
    
possible duplicate of Subjective: FAQ versus close reasons –  Jon Seigel May 31 '10 at 3:12
    
possible duplicate of Subjective question wars, iteration 3.14159 –  Rosinante May 31 '10 at 16:26

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There are plenty of open subjective questions on SO - fewer now than in the past, but they're often accepted. I personally think (not that I frankly care a whole lot about it) that the close reason could be changed to just "argumentative", as that's the core problem with most questions closed with that reason.

To answer your specific question: if you have a "subjective" question to ask, make it answerable and interesting, such that the answers will be useful for others. If I'm on the fence about closing a question, I'll read the answers so far, and gauge if the discussion is heading in a good or bad direction.

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In the name of consolidation and simplifying the existing standard close reasons, we're changing this reason from "subjective and argumentative" to

not constructive

This question is not a good fit to our Q&A format. We expect answers to generally involve facts, references, or specific expertise; this question will likely solicit opinion, debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion.

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