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Formerly one of the possible reasons for closing a question, it has been superseded by the "not constructive" close reason.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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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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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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How do I word this in a less subjective way?

I accidentally worded this in a subjective way: Language-agnostic libs every programmer should know? I was just wondering how I can ask the question in an acceptable way. From searching, I've seen ...
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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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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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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 about more “Community” features? Groups, offtopic bulletin boards, regulars table and so on

See Thread title. I think it would be great to talk with some users about Offtopic topics. The chat is a good beginning (but an IRC Network would be better IMHO ;-)). On this groups, bbs or something ...
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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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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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Should this question have been closed S&A?

I'm torn on this question here. It's basically asking whether it's a good idea to have the opening brace of a code block on its own line or as part of the if/while/etc line that the block belongs to. ...
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I am confused about close votes

I posted an admittedly subjective (opinion gathering) question which was ultimately closed. Here, I was wrong: Okay. What is the history behind this feature? Searching Meta Stack Overflow I ...
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Dealing with the “bad” questions

This comes out of this discussion: "Why is Python so slow" shouldn't have been closed and deleted There are a set of questions, like "Why is python so slow?", that can be viewed as bad, ...
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Compare and contrast your easiest and hardest answers?

On the one hand, I've earned an embarrassing amount of rep for this flipant, throwaway answer, whereas I worked like a dog to crack this particular little nut. Show me your extremes. Edit: I am not ...
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Is it better off-topic or “meh” on subjective and argumentative questions on area51?

I have seen a couple of proposed questions for some sites that could be considered on topic but subjective and argumentative. Would it be better to rate them as "off-topic" or "not a good example"? ...
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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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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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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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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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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/...
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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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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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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 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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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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Strategies for handling recurring homework questions

Every now and again, you get a homework question that recurs. The question itself varies, but it's the same poster and the same code snippets and there really doesn't seem to be any progress being ...
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Does a username qualify as spam? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Policy on display names. I know the concept of what is and isn't spam is fluid and subjective but my question relates to usernames, not content. As an example this ServerFault ...
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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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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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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 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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Where would computer/industry related subjective discussion questions go?

Where would questions like this go? https://superuser.com/questions/98849/why-does-wikipedia-work-closed
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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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Formatting for comprehension tips

While I'm certain that I pay more attention to this than average, I still believe every user should, at least periodically, remember that judicious text formatting aids reading comprehension. And as ...
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Is Stack Overflow turning into Wikipedia? And how can we fix it if it is?

Is Stack Overflow turning into something similar to Wikipedia where few control the content and push their agenda upon everyone else (obviously I realize that this happens mainly on high traffic pages ...
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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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Which user’s avatar/gravatar has impressed you most? [closed]

I really can't help but to put this question up after reading: Which user’s About Me section has impressed you most? I have one to start the ball rolling: Robert Harvey's The chinese character means ...
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Should we discourage people from asking stupid questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Embrace the non-Googlers… For some reason (people being lazy or whatever) StackOverflow is being used like a search engine. I don't have a problem with beginners and "...
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Should closed questions have discussion in comments?

I just noticed this question where the question was closed, then exploded into discussion in the comments (even with some people who closed it). If a question needs a response, shouldn't it be left ...
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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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How to accept answers for questions with no well-defined answer?

I have a question on StackOverflow. It solicits some ideas for a project from the community. People have already started providing some great resources and ideas and I really want to give back to them....
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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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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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Is this question really a real question? [closed]

Recently, I voted to close What does the _ in [a-zA-Z0-9_] mean? as "Not a real question". My reasoning is simple: Anyone who knows what the - in that expression means cannot possibly be ignorant ...
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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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How does Stack Overflow achieve its subjective check on titles? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does the automatic subjective filter work? I'm very curious about how people think Stack Overflow is determining whether or not a question is subjective and highlighting ...
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Might the “this question appears to be subjective” warning be discouraging good questions from being asked?

First of all, I am nothing if not smitten with the idea of using the community to determine the "right" answer amongst many possible answers. It's a tremendous improvement over forums, where there is ...
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What you think it would happen if it was a “time delay” between an “up-vote or down-vote” and it's sum in the answer?

I don't know about you, but to me happens a lot: if I'm reading a question with a LOT of answers, (specially in a really specific question) I just read the most voted up: that's the way the system was ...
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When do you find the time to answer questions?

I rarely find the time to browse SO/SF/SU looking for questions that I can answer. So I'm really curious to know when most of you find the time to answer questions?
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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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If my question turned wiki because it was subjective, should I un-accept the accepted answer?

My question was turned to wiki by the moderators because it was deemed too subjective (the amount of answers would have eventually turned it wiki anyway, but it's important to note it wasn't turned ...