Today a question was asked on Arqade: What is the hardest block to obtain in Minecraft?

I think this is definitely one of the more fun and interesting questions of the past few weeks. It reminded me of old classics like 'What's the best mining strategy', etc. It has 2 downvotes, 0 up (not counting me).

I don't think anything's wrong with the question. I know that questions shouldn't be primarily opinion-based, and I called the question 'mildly subjective' in the title, but that isn't the primary focus of the question, and to be honest I put that in the title just so this post isn't another 'What's wrong with this question' meta post.

Also it doesn't help that the question was asked by a user named DREADLORD_XD with under 100 points, but still.

So why did the downvoters downvote? Or were they wrong?

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    I think it's just a bad question. Simple as that. – MBraedley Sep 3 at 14:46
  • ""It's just a bad question"" – Quijibo Sep 3 at 14:54
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    The question poses an interesting topic, but - in my opinion - it's too broad at the moment. It needs some definition as to what 'hardness' means to the OP. I wrote this comment requesting some extra parameters. – Robotnik Sep 3 at 23:33

It isn't mildly subjective, it's very subjective. The answers not coming to much agreement is an indicator of that. What does "hardest" mean? Time consuming? Risk of death? Something else? Does a beacon count separately from an activated beacon? If so, do the blocks under the beacon matter? It is under-specified and doesn't have a "right" answer, as far as I see.

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  • Having many different answers isn't necessarily a bad thing. Even on a question like this there are wrong answers. If you look at the first 2, they both talk about something that is close to the most correct answer, yet I come up with something even better in my answer, because I put more thought into it. Yet SF went all out and came up with the best answer (and I think we can all agree on that). Perhaps the question should be worded 'What are some of the hardest blocks to obtain'. At the end of the day, I think it's opinion-based to decide whether the question is subjective haha – Quijibo Sep 3 at 16:42
  • I'd say let's leave it as is and not create a long discussion before it gets too subjective :) (I ran out of comment space on my previous comment, sorry for double notification) – Quijibo Sep 3 at 16:43

I was an answerer on the question, and yes, I have to agree it was kind of subjective, however I, like most people, inferred that he meant rarest. So he expected us to know what he meant.

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