Example: I would like to know other programmers views of Java IDEs to influence my decision as to which one to download. I ask a question saying (basically) "Which one do you like and why?" I got voted down several times and the question closed as subjective within 5 minutes. Is Stack Overflow not the place to ask those kinds of questions?
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Programmers SE would be your closest bet. However you're right, SE is not the place for opinion polls or subjective discussion type questions. It is what makes it stand out from forums which are more suited for these types of questions.
That question has a few problems:
I saw that question, and didn't vote it down, but in my opinion, the last of my points above make it justifiable to do so.