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There should be a way to shift an open ended question into a meta and link to it from the main site, or at least have it come up in searches there. Or maybe Stack Exchange is just too inflexible and a new platform is needed.

Take this question on Stack Overflow for example (the specifics of the question aren't important): What NoSQL...; at the time of this post it had 456 up-votes, 228 stars, and a cumulative 138+ up-votes for comments stating that the question should be reopened.

Additionally, the comments are full of people talking about how useful the question is, but it was closed because "...[it] is not a good fit for our Q&A format...".

Obviously it's a question people are interested in, and it would seem that there should be some why that the SE network would support them (chat isn't it). I originally thought meta, but that got me a whole lot of down votes, so clearly that isn't it.

Still, not having something like this makes SE a lot less useful, because these types of closures happen all the time for questions that people are interested in.

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  • Ok... then back to my last comment: maybe StackExchange is just too inflexible and a new platform is needed.
    – derGral
    Mar 9 '15 at 19:03
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    That question is great for SurveyMonkey. Which means it definitely doesn't belong on SE
    – random
    Mar 9 '15 at 19:04
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    Also, down voting a question that's a valid question, even if the solution proposed isn't what people think should happen is pretty sophomoric.
    – derGral
    Mar 9 '15 at 19:05
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    It's a flawed premise sitting on a dubious understanding with offbase assumptions of what is and isn't in scope. Calls into question if it's even a valid question
    – random
    Mar 9 '15 at 19:07
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    @derGral People are also interested in posting cute pictures of cats, and voting on their favorites and discussing how cute they are.
    – Servy
    Mar 9 '15 at 19:10
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    Users will also upvote with all their bone marrow if you present a question comparing tabs versus spaces. Or spaces vs tabs.
    – random
    Mar 9 '15 at 19:17
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    @derGral You think there aren't better or worse cat pictures? Have you ever seen collections of cat pictures. They are not all the same.
    – Servy
    Mar 9 '15 at 19:17
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    @derGral The criteria for a question being appropriate on SE is not, "It's a question that has good and bad answers." Apparently the last time I tried to say this I was being too subtle.
    – Servy
    Mar 9 '15 at 19:19
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    popularity (ie upvotes, comments etc) does not equal on topic
    – user273376
    Mar 9 '15 at 19:25
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    @derGral No, the SE model doesn't support them very well. They cause all sorts of problems, and tend to be rather poor at conveying information in a useful manor. It's why they're considered out of scope. As has been said, the fact that these types of questions are often popular doesn't change that.
    – Servy
    Mar 9 '15 at 19:28
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    Asked and answered so many times. Most of those questions are on Meta Stack Exchange now. Go search for "bikeshed". Keeping these types of questions of SE was a deliberate act made long long ago. There's a software recommendation site around here somewhere on SE, but I don't have a link to it, as I use what is more commonly called "search engines" to locate frameworks etc
    – user1228
    Mar 9 '15 at 19:49
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    @derGral If that makes you want to go post your low quality content elsewhere, instead of trying to continue posting/encouraging low quality content being posted here, then that's fantastic. I wish you the best of luck elsewhere. I'd much rather participate in a site full of quality, useful content, where a handful of users don't like me, than participate in a site full of crap in which everyone loves me.
    – Servy
    Mar 9 '15 at 20:41
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    Posts like this simply do not belong on the Stack Exchange network, no matter how useful or popular they are. Stack Exchange is strictly for questions and answers. That's it. Not questions asking for big lists, tool recommendations, discussions, opinions/polls, etc. If these strict quality standards were not upheld, Stack Exchange would be a lot worse for the niche it fills today.
    – Doorknob
    Mar 9 '15 at 20:46
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    "Better to have nothing, no matter when, than to accept rubbish."
    – Braiam
    Mar 10 '15 at 0:55
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    Quora will accept questions like that. Sometimes you even get an answer. Sometimes a lot of them. Mar 10 '15 at 19:13
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Meta sites are there to discuss the site itself. They're not just sites for questions on the topic of the main site that happen to be a poor fit for the Q\A platform (i.e. they are discussions).

That question doesn't belong on meta at all, just like it doesn't belong on the main site.

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