The "Ask a Question" page in meta.stackoverflow.com has this block of text to the right of the question:

How to Ask

Is your question about the Stack Overflow engine or websites?

We prefer questions that can be answered, not just discussed.


However, MSO is specifically meant to be a discussion area. A place where SO and its sister sites can be discussed without fear of being closed or downvoted as being subjective, belonging on UV or belonging in the SOFAQ.

The text of the "How To Ask" block should reflect that.

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    "...without fear of being closed or downvoted as being subjective" - Sad. Where is the thrill? :) Jul 1, 2009 at 8:00
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    You're right... I should have written, "without fear of offending somebody with a subjective question" Jul 1, 2009 at 8:03
  • The How To Ask page still says the same as before. In what sense is this completed? Jul 9, 2009 at 5:19
  • It has changed from what I can see. It now refers to the Stackoverflow family of sites. Jul 10, 2009 at 9:21
  • ok. I guess it took a while to propagate. Jul 10, 2009 at 12:12

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Sorry but I think that this is one of the core values on stackoverflow - it does discourage discussions that are not productive.

If there is no result/solution/answer the entire discussion would be useless and just a waste of time for both the participants and the readers.

  • He's talking about MetaSO, not SO. Aug 12, 2009 at 10:56

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