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I'd like to get the opinions of members valued here on a specific topic and want to ask an opinionated question which cannot have a correct answer. This is usually not a good idea due to this site's format, there's a known issue with posts which are tauted as 'popularity-contests' where the most popular (not most correct) answer is voted to the top. The purpose of Space.SE is to ask various scientific questions about space exploration and get a well-qualified and correct answer. In terms of things that are popularity contests, there are no correct answers, so usually the site will ban/close/avoid such questions.

However, I've seen some pretty interesting opinionated SE's as well, and think a tag of or something could be implemented to allow users to ask such questions as:

  • In your opinion, what is the best reference materials for orbital mechanics?
  • In your opinion, what was the most influential space mission and why?
  • In your opinion, why did NASA respond to X with Y?
  • In your opinion, what could NASA have done to prevent X?

Things like these are still very relevant to space exploration even though they are opinionated. Half the reason I love this SE is that it opens new topics to me in a rapid-fire manner and I can learn an insane amount just by reading one of @uhoh's posts and clicking through his 10+ links. I feel like the users here are mature enough to write long, thought out answers with justifications for opinionated questions which could ultimately be great reads on a variety of topics.

What are your thoughts? Should opinionated questions still be off-topic?

Is the tag a good idea-- I've seen it work well on a few SE's!

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    $\begingroup$ I would really like this as well, as I think some fascinating discussions could occur with some of the regulars of this site. However, I cannot come up with a good way to make this work, at least with the current mechanisms of SE. $\endgroup$ – DrSheldon Jul 20 at 10:10
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I'll weigh in as well, I think this is not a good idea. The problem with opinions is that everybody has one and opening the door to letting people share them will wipe out any pretense of being authoritative.

I don't see why chat couldn't work for this. I'm not really a user - the few times I've looked it at, it's full of wooo Elon is cool, but can't rooms for specific topics be opened?

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    $\begingroup$ Chat can be used for this, it just wouldn't be the experience the OP is looking for. They want the SE voting model. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jul 20 at 20:36
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    $\begingroup$ I agree with you though, I'd really rather not have this here, but in principle (aside from the massive overhead) the idea of a separate site for opinion-based stuff is not fundamentally flawed. I have no interest in it though, and I'd rather not have the extra moderation load. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jul 20 at 20:37
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    $\begingroup$ Ill make my own StackExchange! With blackjack! Aannnnnd opinions! $\endgroup$ – Magic Octopus Urn Jul 21 at 20:36
  • $\begingroup$ @called2voyage are each of the SEs allowed more than one chatroom? Didnt even know they HAD rooms. Some kind of Q: xxxx RE: xxxxxx may work well. $\endgroup$ – Magic Octopus Urn Jul 21 at 20:38
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, multiple chatrooms are allowed $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jul 21 at 20:39
  • $\begingroup$ Also, have you considered making a subreddit? $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jul 21 at 20:41
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I don't think it fits well with the culture of our site. These types of discussions are welcome in chat, but obviously that's not quite the same experience. I don't think there's a good way we can do this here, but if there was another venue that could offer this experience we could consider pinning a link to it in chat and maybe even make a meta post about it.

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    $\begingroup$ I kinda wish there was a meta-like stack exchange for discussion quality posts. I think if it's isolated under a tag we can at least mitigate contamination of the original site purpose, but that's just my opinion :). $\endgroup$ – Magic Octopus Urn Jul 18 at 18:50
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    $\begingroup$ @MagicOctopusUrn I don't think that's a bad idea [your first sentence]. It would be a lot of additional overhead for SE, but it wouldn't hurt to make that a feature request on Meta SE. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jul 18 at 18:57
  • $\begingroup$ Something like opinionated-discussion OR social-discussion tag in meta-SE? Also, do we pay for overhead? Does that matter at all beyond moderators (such as yourself) having to provide more intervention (not to say that doesn't matter)? $\endgroup$ – Magic Octopus Urn Jul 18 at 18:59
  • $\begingroup$ @MagicOctopusUrn No, those I'm not comfortable with, but if the majority of people want it, then they could make another answer here. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jul 18 at 19:01
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    $\begingroup$ @MagicOctopusUrn I was just referring to the idea of a separate meta-like area for discussion. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jul 18 at 19:01
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    $\begingroup$ @MagicOctopusUrn And the overhead I was referring to would be to have a separate meta-like site. We wouldn't pay for that--it would be a decision SE would have to make. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jul 18 at 19:03
  • $\begingroup$ Ahh, gotcha, I like the idea of chat too, but that has no structure :(. Also I doubt I'll get enough traction to garner the attention of the actual meta.se hah. $\endgroup$ – Magic Octopus Urn Jul 18 at 19:03
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The internet is chock-full of places to post opinions.

Stack Exchange is a bastion of sanity; status-by-design.

Making an "opinion corner" full of retained posts about things other than how the site itself operates with lists of comments about those opinions is absolutely antithetical to Stack Exchange.

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