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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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This question about why many programming languages do not support named arguments is not opinon based and should be reopened

I agree with the closure, but perhaps the reason isn't the best. There are two pieces to the question: Why do many languages not support named parameters? Is there a disadvantage of this that I'm ...
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This question about why many programming languages do not support named arguments is not opinon based and should be reopened

Even if we get some consensus here that the question in stake is not opinionated enough to deserve closage, I am sure after reopening it, it would immediately be closed as "needs more focus"....
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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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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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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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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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