I know that SE generally frowns on open discussions and opinion polls.
I also understand that SE is not (yet) the only place on the net for Q&A. So, if you don't like the rules, ...
What is attractive in SE that it accumulated knowledgeable audience. You are able to gauge the professional level of people answering questions not just by their
rep number, but based on their real contribution to this site. So if one wants to find out prevailing opinions or take a temperature of a current trend, there is a ready professional community that you can trust much more than any random people elsewhere.
I read about
good and bad subjective questions and wonder what category the following will fall into.
I want to ask what should be in the toolbox of a ... (put a name of a popular language and/or technology) programmer. This question will be formulated in terms of group of tools based on their specific purpose and will use brand names for illustration purpose only. (Nothing like whether
XYZ is better than
This is still not a clear-cut question that can be directly answered with facts only. This does call for a discussion and even the best answers will be just opinions. Programmers (as specialists in any other trade) have different backgrounds and experiences, work in different industries and geographical areas, deal with projects of varying complexity. The answers have to be subjective.
Such posts will not age well (unless constantly updated) but at the time of initial Q&A should produce a lot of stuff to think about. Kind of mini consumer reports.
Will such type of questions survive on Programmers SE? Should they?