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Formerly one of the possible reasons for closing a question, it has been superseded by the "not constructive" close reason.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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Good Subjective and Knowledge Questions vs Problems You Face

Currently the Don't Ask page of SE sites indicates "You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face" however Good Subjective, Bad Subjective, as well as a ...
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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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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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“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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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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When should we reply with a comment and when should we use an answer?

When a question is not entirely clear, some people will make an answer asking for clarification, some will use comments. What solution is best for what situation?
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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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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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How can I avoid the dreaded “Subjective” warning on ServerFault? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does the automatic subjective filter work? What algorithm does StackOverflow use to determine if a question may be subjective? The question you're asking appears ...
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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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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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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,...
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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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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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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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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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What is the best way forward when I see more than one good answer for my question?

What is the best way forward when I see more than one good answer for my question? This happens a lot with open-ended questions, as I've seen with one of my earlier questions.
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Some broad|O/T questions on StackOverflow belong on Programmers, but P.SE is prohibitive [duplicate]

I began reading through much of the Meta.SO posts on the subject, notably this one. On a daily basis, questions such as the ones below are asked on StackOverflow, many of which are are (for good ...
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On Stack Overflow, does the technology at question change how you vote?

Note: I realized that the first draft of my question was too specific to a particular situation, so I've broadened it. Several users have observed that, in practice, the "readership" of particular ...
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Subjective question wars, iteration 3.14159

This question's comment thread presents a particularly pungent view of the subjectivity conflict. Various people trying as best they can to support the words in the FAQ, and Juliet sneering at them ...
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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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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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Asking effective questions

Duplicate How to ask a Smart Question on SO? I've been spending a lot of time perusing SO and there seem to be a lot of people asking what I'm going to call ineffective questions (I will refrain ...
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Can we add these words indicating subjectivity to the automatic question review score?

I've found a few words to search for that are pretty good at finding questions to down-vote or close-vote--good enough that it might be worth factoring them into the question score that determines if ...
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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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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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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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Reposting subjective questions as community wiki

After this question was closed Bill K suggested reposting the question as community wiki, as there seemed to be a lot of people interested in the topic. If a subjective question is closed and the OP ...
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Where can I ask for statistics related to programming? [duplicate]

Today I read Jon Skeet's blog entry on how to write a good question on StackOverflow.com. During the day I realized that I had a question which I couldn't find an answer for: "What is the most ...
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What do you look for in a question title on StackOverflow (or any other SE site)?

What do you think is the strongest format for a question title? I run into a lot of posts where I can't always figure out what the person is looking for, presumably for a number of reasons, including ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Are there legitimate programming questions that cannot be answered by facts?

The stackoverflow FAQ says all questions should be: Programming questions, of course! As long as your question is: detailed and specific written clearly and simply of interest to at least one other ...
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Does the Server Fault logo remind you vaguely of someone flipping you off?

Every time I see the Server Fault banner, I see someone giving me the finger. The red line looks like the finger and the dark black bars at the bottom the nuckles. Anyone else see the same?
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“Is it possible?”, versus “Is it a good idea to try?”

On StackOverflow, I just found an answer that is really crossing the streams. It's very clever, and demonstrates an excellent and valuable sideways-thinking approach to tackling a problem. The ...
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Has the division on all four sites affected SO?

I noticed that on SO there are now questions without answers and low views for much longer than when only SO existed. Are people hanging out more on meta (like me now for example), or SU? Do you ...
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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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Can subjective questions work on StackExchange?

I was mulling over asking this question yesterday, because in various discussions around here, people were saying "subjective can't work on StackExchange", "it wasn't designed for that", etc. Whereas, ...
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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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Claims of subjectivity are themselves often subjective

I asked a question that I believe can be useful to C++ programmers getting used to the new C++0x standard. Someone moved it to SE.Programmers (a site I also am a big fan off). However, I feel that ...
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subjective questions allowed and banned at the same time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Subjective question on Stack Overflow. Why are there subjective and argumentative tags? Today I posted a question which I really liked: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/...