I've seen a rise in the number of questions lately that don't have a single right or wrong answer. In a Q&A site, great questions have a right answer that are based on facts, or opinions that are backed up with facts. UPDATE: This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I think it's worth analyzing and looking for any patterns that could negatively affect the future sustainability of the site.
I've listed some examples below of some questions that raise some specific questions regarding the direction of the site. My question is whether or not these questions are good for the site's long term growth. I've listed reasons why they may be off topic and would like to see reasons why they are or are not on topic.
With that said, subjective questions are considered on-topic, but the answers to those questions should still be backed up with facts and meet the Six Guidelines for Good, Subjective Questions
Thus, questions that are not answerable — discussions, debates, opinions — should be closed as subjective. It seems simple enough: Fact good; opinion and discussion bad. But why?
Most forums and chat rooms have a scale problem. As in, they don’t. The more people that join the discussion, the more noise each of those connections bring. So the forums get progressively noisier and noisier, and suddenly one day … you stop learning.
Here are some examples of questions that indicate we may be in danger of becoming a discussion site (which is not the goal of Stack Exchange):
If you believe these questions are on topic, please list the reasons why they are on topic and address the reasons given beside each question. If they are not on topic for other reasons, please list the reasons they are not on topic.
Please look at the blog and StackOverflow meta to get an idea of the general guidelines for what makes a good question, and please use those references when giving your answer.
Different ways of running Retrospectives: Doesn't have a right or wrong answer. This seems like a discussion question with no right or wrong answer. Could it be reworded to be on-topic? UPDATE: Would more detail in the question invite more specific, factual, and targeted answers? Is it okay that this question doesn't ask about a specific problem the OP is facing?
What is the most useful and practical project management qualification for an IT professional in the UK?: Borders on too localized. Also, will the answers still apply if the economy changes and criteria are more or less stringent? The best questions are those that will still have correct answers five years from now. No one will want to visit a site with outdated content.
https://pm.stackexchange.com/questions/1518/what-is-the-maximum-duration-of-a-meeting: Is there really a correct, factual answer for this? This seems more like a debate question and is too subjective. UPDATE: Would changing the wording of the actual question title fix the problem?
Please edit this question with more examples you find of questions that you think are off topic and address the reasons in an answer.
The goal of this question is to define more guidelines for what kinds of questions should be voted to close by our 18 users who have earned this privilege. If you're a user with 500+ reputation, I encourage you to help define when and how we should use these tools.