Something that has been concerning me the past few days as I've watch The Great Outdoors take off is the sprouting up of all kinds of questions asking for recommendations of "the best knife" or "the most effective way to rappel" (unspecific examples), and this is not in line with Stack Exchange's policy of asking questions that have a clear and concrete answer.
Other sites in the Stack Exchange network, for example Super User gets many questions in a similar format, asking for the best software to convert videos, etc. We are very strict there to keep those questions in check.
See our definition of
This question is not a good fit to our Q&A format. We expect answers to generally involve facts, references, or specific expertise; this question will likely solicit opinion, debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion.
This is why we don't allow questions asking for the best of something on Stack Exchange. Rather, it is better to rephrase the question to make it more concrete and less vague.
For example, instead of "What is the best knife for gutting a deer?", it should be "What should I look for in a gutting knife?"
Some recent examples:
- What are the most effective ways to start a fire in the cold?
- What are some good tips and techniques for packing a backpack?
- What is the safest way to purify water?
Granted, a lot of these can be edited to make them more constructive. So use your editing powers. Also vote to close on questions that can't be saved or edited to be constructive.
So...what are your thoughts?