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My answeranswer to Yannis' question on historical questionshistorical questions led me to the conclusion that the braces question should be opened back up. I didn't start out intending to create a response for this question, but that's what happened.

Short version - the braces question has several similar characteristics as other historical questions that have provided some great answers. Those other questions are open, so logic would dictate we open the braces question.

However, I'm still not comfortable with two aspects of this conclusion.

  1. It doesn't make a distinction about other special characters. Lundin's answerLundin's answer in this question raises some very good points regarding the slippery slope this can present.

  2. The determination about "is this a good question" is relying upon an a posteriori determination which I'm not comfortable with for a number of reasons. I cling to the belief that a question should be determinable as "good for SE" by the question alone and not rely upon the answers.

My answer to Yannis' question on historical questions led me to the conclusion that the braces question should be opened back up. I didn't start out intending to create a response for this question, but that's what happened.

Short version - the braces question has several similar characteristics as other historical questions that have provided some great answers. Those other questions are open, so logic would dictate we open the braces question.

However, I'm still not comfortable with two aspects of this conclusion.

  1. It doesn't make a distinction about other special characters. Lundin's answer in this question raises some very good points regarding the slippery slope this can present.

  2. The determination about "is this a good question" is relying upon an a posteriori determination which I'm not comfortable with for a number of reasons. I cling to the belief that a question should be determinable as "good for SE" by the question alone and not rely upon the answers.

My answer to Yannis' question on historical questions led me to the conclusion that the braces question should be opened back up. I didn't start out intending to create a response for this question, but that's what happened.

Short version - the braces question has several similar characteristics as other historical questions that have provided some great answers. Those other questions are open, so logic would dictate we open the braces question.

However, I'm still not comfortable with two aspects of this conclusion.

  1. It doesn't make a distinction about other special characters. Lundin's answer in this question raises some very good points regarding the slippery slope this can present.

  2. The determination about "is this a good question" is relying upon an a posteriori determination which I'm not comfortable with for a number of reasons. I cling to the belief that a question should be determinable as "good for SE" by the question alone and not rely upon the answers.

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My answer to Yannis' question on historical questions led me to the conclusion that the braces question should be opened back up. I didn't start out intending to create a response for this question, but that's what happened.

Short version - the braces question has several similar characteristics as other historical questions that have provided some great answers. Those other questions are open, so logic would dictate we open the braces question.

However, I'm still not comfortable with two aspects of this conclusion.

  1. It doesn't make a distinction about other special characters. Lundin's answer in this question raises some very good points regarding the slippery slope this can present.

  2. The determination about "is this a good question" is relying upon an a posteriori determination which I'm not comfortable with for a number of reasons. I cling to the belief that a question should be determinable as "good for SE" by the question alone and not rely upon the answers.