I'd like to ask for a check on my mod powers. I closed a question just now that I'm pretty torn about.
I closed it because it's pretty open ended and it doesn't seem that the asker is trying to solve any specific problem. The specific guidelines from the help pages that prompted me to close it are from the "don't ask" page. This entire section seems applicable:
You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page.
Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much.
If your motivation for asking the question is “I would like to participate in a discussion about ______”, then you should not be asking here. However, if your motivation is “I would like others to explain ______ to me”, then you are probably OK. (Discussions are of course welcome in our real time web chat.)
The section about subjective answers on that same page also says to avoid asking questions
...where very answer is equally valid.
While this question clearly isn't subjective, it's definitely a question where most (perhaps all) answers are equally valid.
On the flip side, it's a heavily upvoted question with a ton of answers and comments. I'm generally pretty hesitant to override that type of community involvement, even in the face of what appears to me to be a pretty clear violation of our site's policies.
I'd like to ask the community for feedback on:
- whether or not I took the appropriate action and
- if it shouldn't have been closed, what should be done with the question?