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My question is [on-hold] because its primarily opinion-based. How could it be reworded to fit in this site?

I would suggest narrowing the scope, ideally to focus on a concrete problem that you would like to solve. This question was as much "too broad" as it was "opinion-based", because there's a ...
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This question isn't remotely subjective

I read your original question, your question here on Meta, and the comment chain on Robert Harvey's answer. After reading everything, I casted a reopen vote on your question. It's been a while since ...
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Can I ask whether coding patterns are good or bad? If so, how should I ask?

It is really difficult to ask a good question about best practices, as also discussed on MSE: Why is asking a question on "best practice" a bad thing? In a nutshell, asking about best ...
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How is asking, "Is there formal terminology for storage of key value pairs?" an opinion based question?

Unfortunately, there is often no universally, or even widely accepted, term for many concepts in software engineering. Even with projects like the IEEE Computer Society and ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC7 (the ISO'...
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How do I know if something is opinion based?

When asking about practices, there's no such thing as a best practice. There may be a best practice for your particular situation (or still, maybe not). It's very important to talk about the context ...
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Is this question opinion based?

Personally, I'd close it as too broad. But I think that primarily opinion based works just as well. You're conducting a poll. We expect that questions meet our guidelines, and many of those guidelines ...
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Why was my question for reasons to initialize using arguments over member variables flagged as an "Opinion based question"?

Well, the literal reason for closage is questionable. But IMHO the post looks a lot like one of those micro-optimization questions where the only viable answer is "it will most probably depend on ...
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How to ask a design/architecture question that isn't opinion based?

I feel the best way to answer such questions is present the problem you are facing in making a design decision and state the answer that you feel is best. Then try and ask about potential pitfalls ...
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Why is asking if someone elaborated on a decision, an "Opinion based question"?

One of three things happens with questions like these. One option is it turns into a hunt to find a particular blog post, paper, or book where the person clarifies their stance. Resource requests like ...
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How is asking, "Is there formal terminology for storage of key value pairs?" an opinion based question?

Why even have a "Terminology" or "Definition" tag if you can't even ask for "formal terminology" without it being considered "Opinion Based"? Our community ...
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My question is [on-hold] because its primarily opinion-based. How could it be reworded to fit in this site?

(I'm mostly a Stack Overflow user too, but here are some potential reasons I would guess some of the Programmers.SE community would consider for closing your question.) What are the specific ...
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How should I phrase this / where can I ask this?

That particular question isn't a good fit anywhere in the Q&A portion of any Stack Exchange site, but there may be a good chat room to ask it in. Every site on the SE network has a Help Center ...
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The real borderline for "Opinion based" in Software Engineering

I acknowledge this is an old discussion and things might've changed, but this is a rampant issue especially on SO. Allow them, because they are vital, but I think the borderline is decided by the ...
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Questions being closed as opinion-based *without* an explanatory comment

The close vote reason provides a description of why the question was closed. It also brings you to the help center page for what it means when a question is closed. That help page, among other things, ...
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Why does Meta have a close reason 'primarily opinion based'?

The site frowns on "opinion based" questions. It prefers questions that can be answered with "facts, references, or specific expertise." A question is less likely to be closed on meta than on the ...
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