I'm a beginner/intermediate SO user and I thought this was a good legit question. Even though it was a bit subjective. I'm a CS student and my thinking was to go learn the few editors that got the most up votes as those would naturally be the editors that lots of programmers at SO considered to be the best. It seems like this would be valuable for all CS students who haven't used lots of editors yet. But it was closed before any real answers could be given. My question is why?

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    Questions that ask "what is the best X" are often subjective and argumentative. "What is the best text editor?" is especially argumentative, in no small part because some people don't understand that vi is far superior to Emacs. Commented Oct 12, 2010 at 3:58
  • haha, ok. I understand the point of this question isn't to find "one editor to rule them all" but to weed out the "bad" editors. what's wrong with that?
    – jb.
    Commented Oct 12, 2010 at 4:01
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    It seems that the older comments (and your own "This is completely subjective") at that question actually already answer this?
    – Arjan
    Commented Oct 12, 2010 at 5:32
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    :: careful enters "James McNellis" on The List :: Commented Oct 12, 2010 at 7:39
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    possible duplicate of Where is the FAQ? Commented Oct 12, 2010 at 11:32
  • @dmckee which list are you referring to. [This one](en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_List_(South_Park)?
    – Pekka
    Commented Oct 12, 2010 at 16:40
  • @Pekka: Hmm....depends. Can I put James below me? Commented Oct 12, 2010 at 16:53
  • @dmckee I guess you can!
    – Pekka
    Commented Oct 12, 2010 at 16:58

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If you didn't know about the handling of subjective questions, and if you would have searched for an answer yourself but failed to find one, then STILL it should have been closed as you totally ignored the warning and the looooooong list of related questions you were shown: Listen to the feedback!

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    I think a lot of people totally miss that list for all kinds of questions. Commented Oct 12, 2010 at 7:40
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    you should also put a circle around The question you've been asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed Commented Oct 12, 2010 at 7:52
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    @Tobias, and a set of blinking arrows, too? Maybe a MIDI file of a siren looping in the background? At some point, you can't do any more.
    – Pops
    Commented Oct 12, 2010 at 12:07
  • @Popular MIDI files will play differently from computer to computer. You need MP3
    – Pekka
    Commented Oct 12, 2010 at 20:43
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    @Pekka, maybe we can get Jeff to show up at their houses with a giant S (you know, for "subjective").
    – Pops
    Commented Oct 12, 2010 at 20:59
  • @Popular the S is such a versatile letter. So many uses around the house
    – Pekka
    Commented Oct 12, 2010 at 21:29
  • Related: <blink> tag in Internet Explorer
    – Arjan
    Commented Oct 13, 2010 at 5:33

There are 2 reasons I can see :

  • It's subjective, Stack Overflow isn't made for subjective questions. Even though there are tons of subjective questions (mostly old ones) that aren't closed, that doesn't mean you should start new one.
  • There are tons of duplicates of that question

Windows-based Text Editors
Good text/code editor for Linux

And there are more that are about editors for specific language.


Let's settle this debate once and for all.

This isn't what Stack Overflow is for.

This is completely subjective so take it with a grain of salt.

Again, not what Stack Overflow is for. If we're not supposed to take your question seriously, why not just close it?

This is covered in the FAQ:

What kind of questions should I not ask here?

Avoid asking subjective or argumentative questions. If you must ask a subjective question, make sure it meets the six guidelines for great subjective questions, or it will be closed.

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