Disclaimer: I am starting this question because one of my questions was closed under this reasoning. However, I will attempt to remain objective.
The question that sparks this one is here: https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/22286/best-sites-for-an-intermediate-level-learner
Questions that promote lists and that cannot be answered with a defined correct answer are inherently bad for Stack Exchange sites. However, I am of the opinion that there are certain exceptional cases where the popularity of the question and informational benefit it brings exceeds the benefit that the "no lists" rule provides. They are very few and far between, but (in my experience) usually involve "where can I learn about [subject]?".
There is a precedent of certain list-provoking questions being very highly upvoted, showing that they are useful to people. I would like to propose that certain list-provoking questions are to be accepted, as long as they fit a certain set of criteria:
- The question has a provably high level of demand.
- The question is formatted well, with clear goals.
- The question is within the scope of the subject that the sub-site aims to cater for.
- The question cannot be asked in a different way, i.e. one that does not provoke lists.
- The question should not be something that can be split into separate specific questions, for example where there is no way that the asker (or someone else in their shoes) could gain the insight to be able to do that.
- The question is original, not a duplicate and cannot be answered by existing questions.
- The overall benefit of the question is considered to be greater than the benefit of the "no lists" rule. This is a general view that should really be applied for all rules.
Update: Thanks for the responses. It seems that there's a resounding "no" answer, so that's fair enough. I hadn't considered the moderation time required to prune all the extra answers. Anyway, I won't be following further responses and I think the major points have all been said, so if a moderator sees fit to lock this then that'd probably be for the best. However, keeping this question available as a point of reference for the future may be useful.