Answers to this question involved facts, and yet it was closed as 'Not Constructive'. Why?

A single language to learn to develop desktop and mobile phone applications?

  • You are right, it should have been closed as off topic
    – yannis
    Apr 26 '12 at 18:09
  • @YannisRizos: But wasn't the OP asking if any language is capable of fulfilling this need, rather than polling for the "best one"?
    – Jim G.
    Apr 26 '12 at 18:47
  • Yes, but the need here is extremely broad, which makes the question prone to "favourite" answers as @maple_shaft explained.
    – yannis
    Apr 26 '12 at 18:50
  • @YannisRizos: Fair enough. Thanks.
    – Jim G.
    Apr 26 '12 at 18:54

The basis of closing a question really doesn't have to do with the quality of the existing answers, it has to do with the quality of the current state of the question itself.

I agree there are some very high quality answers that manage to stay subjective, but anytime a question asks "the best language for X", well that is a highly opinionated thing. One can make a valid argument for why Scala is superior because of Y and Z but in the end I may be super effective with Groovy just because I know it so well.

Besides that it had already gotten a close vote and it was flagged.

If the question can be improved then maybe it can be considered for reopening.

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    The question is off topic: "Programmers — Stack Exchange ... is not about ... what language you should learn next". Granted language choice as a category of questions was deemed off topic because the questions are horribly not constructive (for the reasons you explain), but technically the question is off topic.
    – yannis
    Apr 26 '12 at 18:08

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