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 opinionated 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!