Questions tagged [subjective]

Formerly one of the possible reasons for closing a question, it has been superseded by the "not constructive" close reason. This tag is for questions *about* subjectivity, *not* for indicating that your question is subjective.

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Give each site a parallel site for polling, recommendations and subjective-ish stuff

Stuff like polls, recommendations based on subjective constraints, puzzles, webcomics etc. do not belong on the serious main SE sites, where professionals should be considered at work and having just ...
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How can I encourage Stack Overflow to rein in the 'subjective' vigilantes?

I'm on SO pretty much every day researching something to do with programming, and over the last month or two, I find I'm growing frustrated and a little disgusted at how many interesting questions ...
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Where can I find interesting programming discussions?

I have noticed a lot of discussion type 'questions' that are asked on SO that get closed have some really interesting replies. I understand why these types of questions get closed and completely agree ...
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How does the automatic subjective filter work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What algorithm does StackOverflow use to determine if a question may be subjective? I just entered a question titled: "What’s the best way to serialize / deserialize a ...
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Can you add a separate discussion site? [duplicate]

Sometimes you just want to let out some steam, and troll about some technology or software. You are not looking for any answers, but for users with similar experiences and interesting stories. So why ...
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Where to ask “subjective and argumentative” questions on programming? [duplicate]

Recently one of my questions was "closed as subjective and argumentative". I wonder, where would you recommend to ask such questions?
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Adding discipline to programmers.stackexchange.com [closed]

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 ...
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Should we have a subjective version of every Stack Exchange site? [duplicate]

Take this chef proposal, and note the description: Proposed Q&A site for professional and expert amateur chefs interested in the more subjective aspects of cooking; this would be to Cooking SE ...
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What algorithm does Stack Exchange use to determine if a question may be subjective?

I was asking a question in serverfault.com and this message warned me (correctly!): The question you're asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed So, I'm curious if there any ...
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Why the bias against subjective questions? [duplicate]

It seems more and more lately that people on this site dislike subjective questions, as opposed to ones about narrow, technical topics. I don't understand this. I see two reasons as to why subjective ...
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Subjective question on Stack Overflow

I asked a question on Stack Overflow yesterday and it got closed due to being subjective. I'm slightly confused as I used the subjective and discussion tags (what are these for if not my type of ...
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If you voted to close a question and it gets re-opened, you lose 100 rep

There seem to be some ongoing trends in stack-overflow for some people to just vote willy-nilly to close any and all questions they disapprove of because they can. Since it hurts SO to close questions ...
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Rename “Subjective and Argumentative” close reason to “Argumentative / Inflammatory”

Problem: Questions are closed as subjective, even when they are interesting enough to merit an answer. Feature request: Rename "Subjective and Argumentative" close reason to "Argumentative / ...
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Make “not constructive” a close reason across the Stack Exchange network

On Programmers.SE, the subjective and argumentative close reason has been replaced with not constructive: Not constructive This question does not meet enough of our six guidelines for ...
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Is there a Stack Exchange community in which one can ask subjective and possibly open-ended programming questions? [duplicate]

I am working on a Web application, and I was looking for a reasonable implementation for one of its backend services. I wanted to ask the community if they have done something similar and if so how ...
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Could subjective discussions be supported using another format?

I understand that Stack Exchange is not built to support open-ended questions and discussions. And having read some of the arguments I can understand why it's problematic. I understand that at one ...
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Is there a place to ask opinion based questions? [duplicate]

I understand and agree that opinion based questions are a bad thing on Stack Overflow, but shouldn't we have a place to ask this kind of question? There are so many times where I look at different ...
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Do we really want to automatically close every “subjective” question - like asking for resources?

I admit I hardly understand animosity against certain type of questions, like this one: Video tutorials to learn R programming language. The argument was that the answer will be subjective. I find ...
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Why are the least technical questions rewarded the most? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: The bike shed problem and SO Why do non-programming questions get many responses? Why is “subjective” the top upvoted tag for questions? If someone provides a ...
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Where opinions run free [closed]

I have seen a number of users get away with opinion based questions on SO. These questions end up closed or put on hold, but they still garner dozens of great, informative answers. I have tried a few ...
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Can the stack exchange system work with subjective and argumentative websites? [duplicate]

The first experiment of a subjective proposal - programmers - was created 11 days ago and has been in public beta for 4 days so far. As a private beta user I followed the website since day 1, reading ...
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Can we have discussions? [duplicate]

Guys, I just wonder if people are allowed to have civilized discussion (on any IT topic) on this forum without actually being accused of starting a row. I'm asking this question for a reason that few ...
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Question of type: “What is the best…” ==> Why not, where to go? [duplicate]

I recently had one question put on "Hold" on Stack Overflow and was really sad, shocked and confused. It turns out that I modified my question, another user also improved it a lot and it was reopened. ...
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Subjective: FAQ versus close reasons [closed]

If we have one really reliable 'Hatfield versus McCoy' situation on so.com, it's the question of subjective questions. One camp (in which I generally find myself) appeals to the wording of the FAQ: "...
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Is there a canonical response to back up the statement that “list questions are bad”?

So I think all of us experienced overflowers and exchangers of stacks have learned that list questions are not considered good for the Q&A system the network is trying to achieve. But when I want ...
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Remove “accepted answer” feature for community wiki's

PROPOSAL... Remove the "Accepted Answer" feature from community wiki posts. Since the community votes for the best answers, the answer with the highest votes should be considered the answer. So let ...
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Why are Subjective questions not allowed [or] Should discussion be required before closing a question?

I recently asked a question on SO that was fairly subjective, but very programming related, about the future of Ruby On Rails. It was closed with absolutely no discussion about why it was closed. My ...
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Is there a problem with Stack Overflow when extremely useful, massively upvoted/favorited questions get closed? [duplicate]

Is there a problem with Stack Overflow when extremely useful, massively upvoted/favorited questions get closed? I'm specifically thinking about What is your single most favorite command-line trick ...
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What to do with questions about design reasoning that require an authority?

People occasionally ask questions of the form, "Why does language/API/etc allow/forbid/not implement feature X?" What is the policy, if any, for such questions? Sometimes these are rants in disguise, ...
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Possible positive effects of VC funding for Stack Overflow

Relating to this discussion, what are the possible positive effects of venture capital funding for Stack Overflow?
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Should subjective example questions be marked CW?

Marking example questions as community wiki makes the on-/off-topic decision for close-to-subjective questions easier. Should subjective example questions allow for a community wiki indication?
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Why are some subjective questions open while others aren't? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Subjective question on Stack Overflow. In SO I've seen really subjective questions which stay open, while other ones are closed in say 3 minutes immediately without giving an ...
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How are you so fast?

I'm absolutely impressed by how fast the questions are answered. Some guys seems to be spending all day long waiting for questions: congratulations ! Your help is very appreciated, really. but ... ...
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Best-Practices versus Subjective

What does it take for something to go from being merely subjective to a "best practice"? Is a "best practice" no longer subjective? It seems like something becomes a best practice when a lot of ...
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Can we ask subjective questions - and if so where? [duplicate]

This question came out of a discussion in reply to a subjective question I put on superuser. Some people said I should not ask a subjective question there. But I've seen subjective questions do quite ...
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What to do with “But all the other kids are doing it!” type of replies when a subjective/fun question is closed?

I've been involved with closing a few subjective questions, and more often than not the owner replies with links to other similar questions that have stayed open for some reason or other. In a few ...
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Really good “discussion” questions

Why is it that, almost unilaterally, the highest voted questions and my favorite questions are entirely subjective questions aimed at discussions? To a T, the questions that got me interested in stack ...
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SO shouldn't allow subjective questions in October 2010

After Good Subjective, Bad Subjective was posted, the Stack Overflow FAQ was updated with this: If you must ask a subjective question, make sure it meets the six guidelines for great subjective ...
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Would a subjective.SO be considered? [duplicate]

Okay, I made it through a page and a half of questions on this sub-domain that came up under the search "subjective", so I'm sorry if this has already been discussed to death. Please close this as ...
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Etiquette for providing a suggestion and not an answer

If you think you might know an answer, or have a good suggestion, should it be a comment or an answer? Say you don't have the time currently to test your idea, or you are 80% sure, should this be a ...
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Question kept getting deleted even after I made it CW

Premature optimization is the root of all evil, but can it ever be too late? There were some arguments whether or not it should've been CW and what CW really means etc, I stopped caring about that so ...
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Are area51 proposals that intentionally deal with subjective questions allowed?

Not Programming Related (besides having a misleading name that will only confuse people that aren't familiar with stack overflow) is for: expert programmers interested in discussions that are ...
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How Could Stack Overflow Support “What's the Best X” Questions? [duplicate]

I've noticed that "What's the best..." questions are both popular and against the rules on Stack Exchange sites. I've also noticed that getting the pulse of the brilliant tech community that uses ...
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Can Community help a brother out?

And close all questions posted prior to the year 2010 that start with the word "Best" as "Not Constructive?" Seems like half the flags I see now are about this. Why not just do it en masse and get ...
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“Subjective” heuristics a bit off?

How exactly does appear subjective? I don't see anything subjective at all about that title, nor do I see any "hot button" words that might be taken as subjective, e.g. "best", "optimal", etc.
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Is reputation too subjective?

According to this question, reputation is a "broad aggregate representation of the trust the community puts in you." However, it seems to me that the more "popular" a platform is, the more likely ...
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Best place to ask a good subjective question

I recently posted https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/113374/best-places-to-work-as-a-software-engineer-for-a-new-graduate to Programmers. I didn't post it to Stack Overflow (even ...
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How does the subjective question detector work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does the automatic subjective filter work? When you're writing a question, the system will show you a red bar with a warning if the question looks subjective. Subjective ...
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What is the alternative to closing posts marked, subjective/non-programming related/community-wiki

While I understand the need for getting a precise/objective answer to questions, I do feel that SO is becoming pedantic and totalitarian. If a question is tagged as subjective/non-programming related/...
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Can we get an official statement regarding career advice questions?

I'm looking at the following question: Am I a dinosaur programmer? It has 4 close votes (at the time of writing), and I've been waffling over whether or not to put in a 5th. By convention, at least,...