The conclusion of this question is that this site will be more opinion-based than other StackExchange sites due to the nature of the subject; for this reason I think we should be very conservative in putting questions on hold for being "opinion based". I think it would be a great shame if StackExchange would start requiring all questions to be politically correct. I would personally have to leave for greener pastures.
This is the question that prompted this question for me, it is currently on hold:
Most answers agreed that the best policy was to disengage; this degree consensus seems odd to me if the question is only opinion-based.
I answered it myself and outlined both what I thought was the correct course of action and why the other option is a bad idea. I used arguments to prove my points and my premises are minimal and apparent from the words I wrote.
Both me and other posters with similar viewpoints were engaged in what I perceived as bad-faith. We were disagreeing with postmodern philosophy ("privilege" is rooted in postmodernism), and postmodernists generally do not believe in dialectics but only in power. This gives their tactics a few recognizable characteristics, the main one being not using arguments or citing sources.
I think it's very unproductive to ask someone to clarify their points by saying "Can you back up any of your claims?" to quote @apaul34208. It does not address answer at all, and provides no information except that someone disagreed; it is useless noise better suited for downvotes, does not help to improve the answers and creates a hostile atmosphere.
This was how I and other anti-postmodern posters were approached, and the topic was quickly put on hold for a reason I already detailed and found dubious. These things suggested to me that the topic was not closed because it was more opinion-based than any other question on this site, but because of ideological reasons. As I thought this might become a recurring problem on this site, I opened this question.
What standards do we use to determine whether a question is too opinion-based? I believe this is important to prevent the grey area from being exploited to slant discussions in a particular direction.
I'll start with a few suggestions:
- The answers do not converge to fewer than X solutions, the question should be further specified.
- The answers are specific to sex, culture, race, politics or ideology.
- Solutions: require question to specify for which perspective, mark answers with the respondent's perspective, ban this category of questions, selectively ban and make SE partisan.
- The answer is arbitrary and of no significance.
Can we perhaps use the question I mentioned as a test case, and figure out why it should or should not be on this site, in detail?