Largely through inaction on our part, http://programmers.stackexchange.com has become a bit of a ... strange and undisciplined place.
We aim to fix this!
Our goal is to remove the bottom 15-20% of the "worst" programmers.se questions and disallow them as not constructive subjective questions. Robert is currently in the middle of composing a blog post about this, with a 4 or 5 factor test the community can use to determine if their subjective questions are either ...
- good, in the sense that they provide useful information of some kind that others can potentially benefit from
- bad, in the sense that they are amusing / entertaining but ultimately "junk food" empty experiences
So, please answer this question with:
- identify a "bad" programmers.se question, and tell us specifically why it is bad.
- identify a "good" programmers.se question, and tell us specifically why it is good.
(suggestion: check out the "back it up" policy of moms4moms which might inform your opinion on a general strategy for producing USEFUL subjective discussions; that's really what this is about)
this is now policy for subjective questions as documented on the blog: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/09/good-subjective-bad-subjective/
the cleanup of programmers.se begins this week and will continue:
The Six Subjective Question Guidelines -- Enforcement Notice