I'm going to assume that this is a serious request (excepting the last few lines) and not just a bit of leg-pulling (it's not Friday).
Seems that one of the consequences of coming up with a famous quotation is that everybody either misquotes you or takes it out of context.
This is what was actually said:
[...] real questions have answers, not items or ideas or opinions.
Although this is compressing a twelve-hundred-and-some-odd-word long post into a single sentence, I think the message is rather clear: The difference between a question and a discussion or poll is that a real question is seeking to discover some particular truth. The other type of "question" is merely seeking to learn what other people think.
Oh, the truth is nuanced, no doubt about it. But programming or cooking or gaming or science-fiction truths are no different from any other truth; if there are legitimate competing positions then they'll usually have some sort of evidence backing them up. Questions which don't make this readily apparent are not what I consider "real" questions.
There's no halting problem here. We're not expecting question authors to know up front whether their problem can be solved, and a perfectly reasonable answer to certain questions might very well be, "Actually, what you're trying to do is impossible." But people do know when they're about to ask for people's opinions. It's very clear in their language. There is always some phrase like:
- Can anyone recommend...
- What do you...
- What's your favourite...
- What's the best...
...and so on. You don't need to know anything about the subject matter to know that this is not a real question. It's not a real question because you didn't word it like one. Instead of doing your homework, and maybe using Google to find out what the popular X's are and instead asking about the practical differences between those X's and why you might choose one over the other... you just fired a shot in the dark and asked people for their opinions. You've asked people to provide a poor approximation of a search engine.
"Real questions" don't necessarily have practical answers, but they do have authoritative ones.
I'm not going to make this a rant or a blog post- How about making it a question or request - perhaps something ending with a question mark?