TL;DR - the parts below in bold convey the key message of this post.
This question is now LIVE: What should be done with questions asking for game recommendations?
I guess we all want to have the game-rec issue resolved one way or the other. My idea is to create a meta-question in which several options for what happens to game-rec questions will be posted and each one will upvote the options they like. This is a direct application of the proposal on how to handle site policies by sjohnston.
It will look something like:
Question: what should be done with a game-rec question posted to the site?
Answer 1: it should be closed as off-topic
Answer 2: it should be closed as off-topic if "too broad", otherwise permitted
Answer 3: it should remain open
Answer 4: it should remain open but CW-ed by mods
etc. (possibly many additional options)
My idea is to, after a week or a month or something, count only upvotes on each proposed answer, and then to enforce the policy dictated by the highest-voted answer. That means multiple upvotes are permitted but downvotes will be ignored.
- Why ignore downvotes? Because that's how real polls work, and we can just assume many will anyway downvote anything they do not upvote.
- Why allow multiple upvotes? Because (1) we can't prevent it and (2) it will allow people that will be okay with more than one option the ability to express that.
The question here is whether this form of final showdown is agreeable to people - in other words, the question here is will you be willing to accept the policy dictated the chosen answer even if you disagree with it. Please upvote this question if you will be willing to accept it, and downvote if you will not.
Personally I say I would be willing to accept whatever policy is selected, even though I am an ardent supporter of game-rec questions and these types of questions were the primary reason for me joining the site and committing in the beta phase.
This is not a place to discuss game-recs themselves; please avoid doing so. This is a place to discuss the applicability of this proposal-for-policy-decision.