Since long time, I was a "random visitor" of a "random website" called StackOverflow, stumbling upon interesting and helpful posts when googling for technical solutions. A week ago I decided to jump in to share some of my own experience back, and, I must admit, was quickly hooked by its philosophy and its challenging reputation system (by the way, does SO Users Anonymous exist?).
Let's get to the point. Several days ago, I posted a question asking people which mixtures of ASP.NET technologies and components they usually use at their jobs and in which context (say, Jquery + MVC + NHibernate for high traffic sites, or Asp.Net Ajax + WebForms + LinqToSql for intranets). Let me say parenthetically, I still believe in the interest of this question: people often discuss differences between separate components ( NHibernate vs iBatis, etc.) and why they use them, but rarely talk about the whole picture.
Several minutes later, my question was downvoted twice, without any explanation. Given my youthful freshness on this site, I thought it was in natural order of things here. A few days later, it was “voted to close” by someone (again, without explanation). At this point, I started to really wonder if my question was in conformity with the local policy, so I reread the FAQ page thoroughly. And yes, objectively speaking, it was not conform to at least 2 rules:
What kind of questions should I not ask here?
every answer is equally valid: “What’s your favorite ______?
your answer is provided along with the question, and you expect more answers: “I use ______ for ______, what do you use?”
Convinced, I voted to close my own question too (it was too late to delete it).
However (and now we really get to the point), sometimes I see this kind of questions:
- What is the most [...] you've encountered?
- What are the most useful [...]?
- Etc. etc.
Incidentally, many of these questions enjoy a great public interest and originate from, or get participation of highly reputed users. Also, most of them are wikified.
So, what’s the real policy here? Can I still repost my original question, formulating it differently, eventually wikifying it? Or should I post it elsewhere? [troll-mode] Or are there some hidden privileges for some users allowing them to get some immunities? [/troll-mode]