Create a section for high quality off-topic questions where questions like What is the best comment in source code you have ever encountered? may live.

Special rules:

  • no reputation gain or limited reputation gain (to 1%?)
  • hidden by default, with option to change this

Question may be moved to this section separately from closing/flagging, or in automatic way: all questions with a score higher than 30, closed as off-topic are placed there (30 is only a random number).

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    Hint: calling SO a "forum" has a strong tendency to get your question downvoted. – Joachim Sauer Aug 12 '11 at 7:26
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    Why? How is this "high-quality"? Other than entertainment, what's the value? – balpha Aug 12 '11 at 7:27
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    Yeah, a "forum" section is exactly what we need. I was just wondering where I could go to get my daily fix of bad, off-topic, hyper-subjective questions. It's so tiring to see consistently high-quality, relevant, and useful questions all the time. ...Is this a joke? – Cody Gray Aug 12 '11 at 7:37
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    Well, I've enjoyed that question, and some similar. There ought to be somewhere where SE folks can get together and, er ... chat ... with like minded folks. Alas, chat rooms don't quite work for ¿fun? polls either. – Awesome Poodles Aug 12 '11 at 7:43
  • Off topic questions, by definition, do not belong here, regardless of their quality. – meagar Aug 13 '11 at 19:08


Simple explanation: Stack Overflow has a clearly declared scope, everything that's outside of this scope does not belong there. Your request sounds to me a lot like Community Wiki with additional limitations. But CW for questions has been removed for a reason, because it was used as an excuse for off-topic and/or subjective questions which simply do not belong here or do not serve a purpose.

But feel free to go to Area51 and suggest/propose/support a new site were those things are on-topic.

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    I don't recommend proposing a new site. This Q&A format isn't really conducive to poll and discussion style questions; that's one of the reasons we don't allow them in the first place. Pushing them off on a new site won't fix the problem. We tried that once with Programmers when its definition was in its infancy. – Cody Gray Aug 12 '11 at 7:35
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    True, but I never said that it was a good idea, but he's free to do so (especially if he can come up with a very good concept for such a site). I imagine that I had seen a similar proposal once, can't find it now, though. – Time Traveling Bobby Aug 12 '11 at 7:38

There already is a place to go to discuss off topic questions. It's called "A different site, where the subject is on topic".

Setting up an "area" for high quality off-topic questions would be rife with difficulty.

How do you decide the quality of an off-topic question to see if it meets your entry barrier. What subjective rules could you apply to deal with people who disagree with these decisions?

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