Before the "Six Subjective Question Guidelines" there were a lot of controversial, useless, funny rants around here. Hilariously angry people telling Dilbert-like stories. I understand that not everyone has the same sense of humour and it's sure nice to keep things in order, like having a platform for every type of topic. The biggest advantage of keeping topics separated is the quality of feedback you get, when people know exactly what they may ask/answer and what they may not.
But every 3rd question (that I have seen today) has
Mark Trapp's comment in them:
Which of the six subjective guidelines do you think your question meets? – Mark Trapp♦ 1 hour ago
Do not take this as an offense Mark, you do a great job as a
Moderator and that's fine. And you're right about the guidelines for Programmers.SE. But the fact that you need to remind many people of these guidelines makes me think that maybe the time has come for a page like
What do you guys think?
EDIT: Please, before you get angry about this, understand this: I'm fairly new to SE (some 3 months?) and I love every aspect of it. Technology, seriousness, quality, potential of fun. I know I'm questioning some fundamental principles of SE, but be aware of these two facts:
- I think I'm not alone, and SE lives off its community. So let's hear opinions, e.g. on Area 51
- Be fair about it. You expect fairness from your users, so be fair to your users as well. Your guidelines have been negotiated over time, they're not written in marble. And they will change again eventually, no matter for what reason. This is exactly, what makes SE so powerful!