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Somebody has to stop this, now.
I've been seeing questions getting closed for this nonsense reason. They aren't my questions but it bothers me a lot.
I searched MSO on the matter. The explanation given by the community so far is "vagueness". I saw some examples where people said "your question was too vague to be answered". Somebody on MSO even used the word "unanswerable".
First I find these arguments ridiculous. If a question is vague, the answers would naturally be vague, or none. The question would get downvotes, critical comments and would evolve into a better question over time, or simply be ignored, this is a Wiki after all, or isn't it?
Second, the application of this rule has been extremely biased. Take the famous "what's your most controversial programming opinion?" and "what's the funniest programming joke have you heard?". They are still open as wide as possible. Oh I hear you're saying "they are specific because they didn't omit to add first person in the sentence". So you're closing questions because it doesn't start with "What's your opinion on..." ? What kind of Gulliver's land are you from?
Third, I don't think the learning process is simply a matter of a question and the right answer. You can learn from opinions, incorrect answers and build your experience upon them. In the end you gain better knowledge on the matter or society itself. Such an open community is supposed to evolve, supposed to be open to opinions on the matter rather than specific answers.
I think the reasoning behind that rule is "to keep helpful content only and remove noise in site traffic". I already explained it's not noise, it's helpful. And I already explained it can simply be ignored by community if it's not found worthwhile.
The only justification I can give credit for is "insufficient server resources to hold vague questions in" and I don't believe in such nonsense either. I don't think "vague questions" would grow faster than specific questions.
One might argue that one can always reopen a question and correct the wrong. That's presenting release after a day as a solution to an wrongful arrest. "Correctability of wrong" doesn't make wrong less-wrong.
Currently the moderation is being hypocrite by applying rules inconsistently. It's not their fault, it's the fault of the rule itself. It prevents valuable information to be shared and synthesized by allowing blocks to be put on the flow of information. That's incredibly discomforting.
Here is my specific question: I see an unjust process in SO that I believe hurts the community and the future of SO. How can I convince "The SO guy" at the top to stop this besides yelling, or throwing in a single Meta Stack Overflow request among thousands? Because I think this has high priority, I think this has been doing serious damage.