Formerly one of the possible reasons for closing a question, it has been superseded by the "not constructive" close reason. This tag is for questions *about* subjectivity, *not* for indicating that your question is subjective.

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Is a question about how to find a tutorial allowed?

I want to ask a question related to finding good Windows 8 tutorials. For example, web sites I could go to for Windows 8 tricks. Would that be an appropriate question for Stack Overflow? Is that too ...
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Is there a Stack Exchange community in which one can ask subjective and possibly open-ended programming questions? [duplicate]

I am working on a Web application, and I was looking for a reasonable implementation for one of its backend services. I wanted to ask the community if they have done something similar and if so how ...
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Could subjective discussions be supported using another format?

I understand that Stack Exchange is not built to support open-ended questions and discussions. And having read some of the arguments I can understand why it's problematic. I understand that at one ...
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Some broad|O/T questions on StackOverflow belong on Programmers, but P.SE is prohibitive

I began reading through much of the Meta.SO posts on the subject, notably this one. On a daily basis, questions such as the ones below are asked on StackOverflow, many of which are are (for good ...
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How long should we wait to close a question based on “unclear what you are asking”? [duplicate]

How long should we wait for voting to close a question based on 'unclear what you are asking'? Thanks !
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Is there a place to ask opinion based questions? [duplicate]

I understand and agree that opinion based questions are a bad thing on Stack Overflow, but shouldn't we have a place to ask this kind of question? There are so many times where I look at different ...
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Can we apply the rules about “opinion-based” questions a little less zealously?

I've been seeing a large number of questions lately getting shut down for being "opinion-based" - for instance, when asking for advice on whether a given framework or library or language is mature ...
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On Stack Overflow, does the technology at question change how you vote?

Note: I realized that the first draft of my question was too specific to a particular situation, so I've broadened it. Several users have observed that, in practice, the "readership" of particular ...
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Question of type: “What is the best…” ==> Why not, where to go? [duplicate]

I recently had one question put on "Hold" on Stack Overflow and was really sad, shocked and confused. It turns out that I modified my question, another user also improved it a lot and it was reopened. ...
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Where opinions run free [closed]

I have seen a number of users get away with opinion based questions on SO. These questions end up closed or put on hold, but they still garner dozens of great, informative answers. I have tried a few ...
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Should I ask if there's a better way at the end of viable question?

So I just asked a question on SO (its subject isn't really relevant so I won't link it) where I ask if a different approach to my problem would be more efficient with large amounts of data. However, ...
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Why do questions on Stack Overflow have to be based on facts? [duplicate]

I don't understand: Is the main motto of Stack Overflow to build reputation or to get your problems related to programming get answered? So what if someone has a problem that may not be answered in ...
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What's the right reason to close this question (and other questions like it)?

This question (Split Java ArrayList into equal parts … Peer review) is on hold for being "off topic." It's a good example of a question that should be closed, being a request for peer review, but it ...
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Should moderators (or other role) assist users change bad subjective questions into good subjective questions? [closed]

Here's the guidelines on Good/Bad Subjective questions http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/09/good-subjective-bad-subjective/ Here's a follow up: ...
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Is it subjective to ask about why something wasn't implemented in the language?

I asked a question on StackOverflow which I admit is quite subjective. I'm asking why a particular property was never implemented in Delphi's VCL. I was just wondering how proper of a question this is ...
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How Could Stack Overflow Support “What's the Best X” Questions? [duplicate]

I've noticed that "What's the best..." questions are both popular and against the rules on stack overflow sites. I've also noticed that getting the pulse of the brilliant tech community that uses ...
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How can I encourage Stack Overflow to rein in the 'subjective' vigilantes? [closed]

I'm on SO pretty much every day researching something to do with programming, and over the last month or two, I find I'm growing frustrated and a little disgusted at how many interesting questions ...
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What to do with questions about design reasoning that require an authority?

People occasionally ask questions of the form, "Why does language/API/etc allow/forbid/not implement feature X?" What is the policy, if any, for such questions? Sometimes these are rants in disguise, ...
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Is there a canonical response to back up the statement that “list questions are bad”?

So I think all of us experienced overflowers and exchangers of stacks have learned that list questions are not considered good for the Q&A system the network is trying to achieve. But when I want ...
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Are questions with subjective answers such a bad thing?

I am an experienced Java programmer and I recently started learning Python, and wanted to know what is a good set of development tools for Python. A quick Google search brought me to this question on ...
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Where can I ask for statistics related to programming?

Today I read Jon Skeet's blog entry on how to write a good question on StackOverflow.com. During the day I realized that I had a question which I couldn't find an answer for: "What is the most ...
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Doesn't the ubiquity of “Read and learn from this post, but please do not use it as evidence that you can ask similar questions.” imply something?

There are some really terrible questions on SO, e.g. questions with titles that aren't questions, questions with titles that provide almost no info, etc., but yet the SO moderators continue to ...
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What do you look for in a question title on StackOverflow (or any other SE site)?

What do you think is the strongest format for a question title? I run into a lot of posts where I can't always figure out what the person is looking for, presumably for a number of reasons, including ...
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General advanced Python question is banned with invalid reason - closed as too localized [closed]

In my opinion, moderation process sometimes fails, since soem questions, that are in my humble option good and fit for Q&A format, receive many minus points and finally judged by some users which ...
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Asking subjective questions that encourage discussion

I want to ask a question about the C++11 auto keyword in order to get people's opinions on why it should be used, and to post my concerns about it. Naturally, this won't be a good question for Stack ...
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Should tags that promote subjective answers be removed?

Many subjects, such as using certain tools and programming languages, promote objective answers: "How do I do this?" returns answers such as "Do A, B and C". However, certain subject areas, such as ...
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Do we really want to automatically close every “subjective” question - like asking for resources?

I admit I hardly understand animosity against certain type of questions, like this one: Video tutorials to learn R programming language. The argument was that the answer will be subjective. I find ...
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Best place to ask a good subjective question

I recently posted Best Places to work as a Software Engineer For a New Graduate to Programmers. I didn't post it to Stack Overflow (even though that's where I know it would get viewed by the people I ...
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Can Community help a brother out?

And close all questions posted prior to the year 2010 that start with the word "Best" as "Not Constructive?" Seems like half the flags I see now are about this. Why not just do it en masse and get ...
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How to handle allegedly subjective “why” questions?

During my participation of SO I often recognized a pattern regarding supposedly subjective questions. The questions looked like this: Why is feature X in product Y implemented this way? Why is ...
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How can I flag a post or comment for a strong opinion or unsubstantiated claim?

Not to niggle, but there was a particularly odd post at What C compiler when building Eclipse The original answer was "gcc ofcourse, it is the best." The poster made the unsubstantiated claim ...
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Where do “Suggest a technology for X” questions go?

OP tells about his project and asks which technologies/frameworks might be suitable for him. Where do these kinds of questions go?
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Is this a subjective question?

Is this a subjective question? I also have lots of similar questions but I refrain to ask them on SO because of the subjective rule. If senior members of SO can confidently confirm this question as ...
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“Subjective” heuristics a bit off?

How exactly does appear subjective? I don't see anything subjective at all about that title, nor do I see any "hot button" words that might be taken as subjective, e.g. "best", "optimal", etc.
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Can we add these words indicating subjectivity to the automatic question review score?

I've found a few words to search for that are pretty good at finding questions to down-vote or close-vote--good enough that it might be worth factoring them into the question score that determines if ...
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Where to ask “Examples of {technology} in production?” SO? Programmers? Non-SE?

Sometimes it helps to see examples what others have built to understand a technology or to be inspired. I've seen a few of this style of question on SO before, but it strikes me as somewhat ...
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Claims of subjectivity are themselves often subjective

I asked a question that I believe can be useful to C++ programmers getting used to the new C++0x standard. Someone moved it to SE.Programmers (a site I also am a big fan off). However, I feel that ...
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Should we warn on “should”?

It just occurred to me that a large portion of the questions containing the word "should" in their titles are — or should be — closed as not constructive. Questions with titles containing ...
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Looking for subjective answers to my questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should we have a subjective version of every stackexchange site? I am almost convinced that voting guillotine will cut off my head for this question, but nevertheless I ...
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Is there a problem with Stack Overflow when extremely useful, massively upvoted/favorited questions get closed? [duplicate]

Is there a problem with Stack Overflow when extremely useful, massively upvoted/favorited questions get closed? I'm specifically thinking about What is your single most favorite command-line trick ...
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Is “recommend me XXX” subjective questions?

Am I being over overzealous for trying to close this question as subjective? I'm wondering since it got a lot of answers, even from persons with higher rank.
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Make “not constructive” a close reason across the Stack Exchange network

On Programmers.SE, the subjective and argumentative close reason has been replaced with not constructive: Not constructive This question does not meet enough of our six guidelines for ...
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Was a good question closed by blind obedience to the rules?

Someone asked this question: Best practices to set up the most Kung-fu build/deploy environment in Java The question was clear. There were several answers, all of which were positive, on-topic, and ...
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Should we be allowed to ask subjective questions on SO? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why the bias against subjective questions? I know on Stack Overflow that we aren't supposed to ask subjective questions, why not and should we be allowed to?
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Is asking for a list of discussions “Subjective and argumentative”?

The question Where can I find good discussions of PHP vs Ruby vs Python? was closed as "Subjective and Argumentative". While I understand that discussions aren't welcome within Stack Overflow, that ...
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What awesome foo.stackexchange am I not a member of but should be?

Background: I'm only active on Stackoverflow, but other interesting Stack Exchange sites have been drifting into my view. Are there any that have matched or surpassed the original in terms of ...
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Where do design questions belong?

Recently I've wanted to ask a few design questions, which are by definition subjective/argumentative. I found this question recently which appears to be the kind of question I would ask. Do these ...
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How does Stack Overflow define subjective? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does the automatic subjective filter work? A while ago, I was writing a post on Stack Overflow and I received an error message indicating that my post was likely to ...
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What is a good place to post subjective/argumentitive programming questions [duplicate]

I did a quick search, but came up with no real helpful results. Sometimes a subjective/argumentative question can be a helpful learning tool to help explore what others thing about certain subjects. ...
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Why are there so few Notes / Domino questions on SO?

Is the number of IBM Lotus Notes / Domino questions on SO indicative of the size of the developer community, quality of the community, or something else? I realize this is probably argumentative, but ...