Okay, I made it through a page and a half of questions on this sub-domain that came up under the search "subjective", so I'm sorry if this has already been discussed to death. Please close this as duplicate with a pointer to the best question already asked, as I'm sure if this is a duplicate, it's not the only one.
So, I asked a subjective question a while back because I stopped being able to see the line between subjective and objective when questions like "should I learn more about xyz" and "what is your favorite tool for thisorthat" and "favorite tricks for nameyourlanguage" kept coming up. And I got shut down right away. I'm not bitter. I was. But I'm not now. But it is a bit of a drag
a) seeing obviously subjective/personal questions get upvoted with hundreds of responses
b) seeing obviously subjective questions that are fun or intriguing get shut down after 10 minutes.
c) seeing obviously corny/boring/begging-to-get-shut-down questions in the way of real questions.
I know that the last one is everyone's least favorite and I'd like to think that the subjective rule was created for just those questions. But since subjective duh is a matter of taste, my (c) may be your (b) or (a) and so forth.
And having seen how much discussion has already gone down about this, I'm wondering if maybe we ought to accept that we're not just experts (or those in need of one, or both), but nerds who want to talk shop.
To further this discussion, I'd like to pose a question, a point, and a concept:
question: What are the stats on subjective questions? And by that I mean, are they more likely to be asked be someone with a higher reputation or someone with little or no reputation? I ask because there is a difference between having a place for us all to wax poetically on our favorite CS joke, and having a problem with vandals storming the gates and asking silly questions about whether HTML is stupid or just really dumb. (I'm not sure that made sense at all. I'll try that again...)
Are subjective questions typically asked by folks as one of their first 10 questions?
a point: I have never understood how community wiki works, how to tell if a question is of that category, how to see only those questions or filter them out, etc. And from what I can tell from previous discussion here, it has a few flaws to be worked out either way. Wouldn't a community.stackoverflow alleviate most of the problems (or at least give us a stern finger to point people?).
a concept: I think it would be silly to award points and reputation based on subjective questions, as they don't have a right answer. But the idea of trying to do such reminds me of one of my favorite British shows entitled QI. Celebrities must answer questions that are impossibly hard and trivial and rather then simply getting points for knowing the answer, they are rewarded points for being Quite Interesting. Now, I imagine that would be near to impossible to judge as a group (rabble/angry mob/etc) but at the very least, it could be an encouraging model for such a SO site and would at the very least justify the idea of points for "right answers".
So, having thrown all of that out there, I'm dying to know, is such a SO site already in the works?