When searching "Tabs vs Spaces" on Google, the very first result is "Tabs versus spaces—what is the proper indentation character for everything, in every situation, ever?"
Despite being closed and locked as non-constructive back in 2011, the question has been viewed over 418,000 times, making it one of the site's most popular questions. (The post was presumably closed because Tabs vs Spaces is such a controversial issue.)
So if that's the case, why does a subjective question about Tabs vs Spaces have an accepted answer?
There are several reasons this question shouldn't have an accepted answer:
- It implies that Software Engineering endorses one coding style as the correct answer
- Most novice programmers will likely follow the first answer they see
- Community wiki questions hide the author, giving a false impression that the site itself takes control of the post's answer
- The accepted answer has half the votes of the top voted answer (+129 vs +249)
- The post was locked for not having a definitive answer, but the lack of voting implies that the site considers spaces as the single definitive answer
- While active users of the site know the question doesn't represent the site, the thousands of new users will likely ignore the locked prompt and go straight to the answer.
The least we can do is avoid implying that this question has a correct answer.