I was reading this question and is a really good one. But in my opinion it's very subjective. there is no definitive answer.

For example:

They all present really good points, but they are opinions so it should fall under Discussions flag.


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For the nine millionth time... SUBJECTIVE QUESTIONS ARE FINE.

For crying out loud people, subjectivity isn't the devil. Especially with questions like this one which...

Great subjective questions inspire answers that explain “why” and “how”. The best subjective questions invite explanation. If you’re asking for a product recommendation of some kind, you want answers to contain detailed information about the features and how they can be used, and why you might want to choose one over the other. “How?” and “Why?” has more lasting value than a bunch of product-feature bullet points or a giant enumerated list, no matter how extensive. In contrast, the bad subjective questions let answerers get away with hit-and-run answers that maybe provide a name and a link — but fail to provide any sort of adequate explanation, context, or background.

Well, look at those answers. They sure do seem to include a great deal of detailed explanation and justification for their various positions...

Great subjective questions tend to have long, not short, answers. The best subjective questions inspire your peers to share their actual experiences, not just post a mindless one-liner or cartoon in hopes of being rewarded with upvotes for being merely “first.” Sharing an experience takes at least one paragraph; ideally several paragraphs. If I’m asking about how to bake cookies, don’t give me a list of grocery items: milk. butter. vanilla. eggs. There is virtually nothing I can learn from a short, static list of grocery items that make up a recipe. Instead, tell me what happened the last time you made cookies from that recipe! Share your detailed experiences, so that we all might learn from them.

All of those answers are substantially longer than the average gaming.se answer. They generally include a decent amount of real knowledge, and aren't just copied and pasted from a database.

And so on and so forth. It meets all six criteria laid out in Jeff's post. Subjectivity is fine. Discussions are not. They are not the same thing. It is perfectly common and appropriate for a single question to have more than one worthwhile answer and for knowledgable experts to disagree as to which one is 'best'.

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    +1. We also need to remember in the case of Good Subjective questions that the accepted answer isn't just the "be all, end all" in regards to information. While the accepted answer may indicate the answer that the original asker found most useful, it does not mean that the other answers are not useful.
    – FAE
    May 16, 2012 at 18:19
  • Thanks for make this clear for me =)
    – Michel
    May 16, 2012 at 18:23
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    I think encouraging people to "remember" something or stressing that we're saying something "for the umpteenth time" is a clear indication that there is an issue. If we're repeating this over and over, we should probably create some sort of moderation FAQ and have an obvious link to it on META or something.
    – Shaun
    May 16, 2012 at 18:35
  • @Shaun I'd be the first to tell you that we are really bad about communicating this one, and we have a lot of uninformed or worse yet, halfway-informed close votes and downvotes floating around here. That said, things have been getting better on this front for a while now, which is good. May 16, 2012 at 18:37
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    IT'S OVER NINE MILLION!!! May 16, 2012 at 19:57
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    Well said, many questions that are open to opinion are not the same as those soliciting pure opinion. In particular, these answer provide objective evidence for supporting the subjective advice. May 17, 2012 at 19:13

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