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There are two answers to your question: how the site theoretically works, and how it actually works in practice. In theory, the border is that questions should have answers that are supportable by objective statements, and aren't purely a matter of taste. In practice, the border is much more strict than that. The first reason is that voters are often not ...


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This is difficult. I see a few bounds on when a question is acceptable: A question should seek for solutions, not opinions. For example, consider a hypothetical question I am considering solution A or solution B. Context is this and that. Which solution is better? Answer: Obviously the one with fluffy kittens. The question could be made more concrete ...


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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 potentially endless list of believable reasons people could post. You've listed three good ones just in this meta post, a few of the commenters and myself have a fourth ...


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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 we've visited a discussion of history questions and their topicality, but I still agree with the answers presented in the last discussion, and I really don't ...


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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 in which the practice will be used. Knowing sufficient information about the context will help determine what practice(s) make sense or if the practice(s) that ...


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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 preclude poll questions. In a poll, all answers are equally valid and there is no actual problem to be solved.


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Having cast the first close vote on the question used as example, and having reverted my vote now, here is my reasoning why I believed the question to be primarily opinion based. Originally, I thought the question was asking for opinions on the pattern that a caught exception gets passed to a secondary function for handling (and the exception would be ...


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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 and things to pay attention to, cons, with the decided approach. This has the benefit of being answerable and not asking for "which is better". The answerer ...


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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 page about what not to ask that (almost?) "you should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face". There are a few problems ...


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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 asker's willingness to add details to their question. Some of these questions are gold-mines waiting to happen. I'm one of the people who used to ask these "stupid"...


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(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 characteristics of JavaScript that makes Node.js so special and why other languages can't build similar frameworks to rise in popularity in their own community? I ...


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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, has a link to a page that tells you what to do when a question is closed. When a question is closed, you should read the reason for closure attached to the ...


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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 main site because there is a large body of "precedent" (across all SE sites), for most questions. But when there isn't, because the question gets into "uncharted ...


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