It's time to officially vote on some of proposed solutions we discussed to handling Subjective questions here. Whatever YOU, the community, decides on this matter is how we will proceed henceforth (at least until we decide to readdress the issue in the future, should our opinions change and/or community grow).
I would like to keep the vote open a few weeks or so to get the most votes, and I'm hoping we have a lot of votes and thus a clear winner (close ties will have to be discussed further to figure out why the community is so split and hopefully to find a compromise).
Treat all my answers to this question as vote options. Any other people's answers will be removed. If you want a different vote option here, you should post in the Subjective Questions: Deciding what we want as a community thread.
A quick overview of the "problem" and why we're here voting today
This site was designed by someone. That person had a vision, a goal they wanted to achieve, to create a database of factual knowledge on the web, and to create communities where people could get factual answers to real questions they faced. To that end, this person put in place guidelines for how users should operate in order to achieve that goal. As has been made clear:
Stack Exchange is about questions with objective, factual answers. We’ve been crystal clear about this for as long as I can remember, even back to the earliest, pre-beta days of Stack Overflow... Thus, questions that are not answerable — discussions, debates, opinions — should be closed as subjective. It seems simple enough: Fact good; opinion and discussion bad.
The issue is (as is pointed out later in article linked above), some sub-sites, especially philosophy, aren't always as clear-cut and dry as other sciences like Math and Physics. Clarity often cannot simply be expressed in a mathematical formula, and ideas and concepts are often difficult to understand. This isn't inherently an issue for a Philosophy Stack — indeed it is quite possible to have a question/answer that has a high degree of focus and is lucid and accessible to people — it just a bit trickier, especially (we've found) for many new users who aren't used to really developing their ideas and explaining them in such a manner.
Why This Is Bad
Consequently, we have to close a lot of questions on this site which generate only opinion-based answers. Why does this happen? Generally, it happens because they don't follow these principles:
Guidelines for Great Subjective Questions
Great subjective questions inspire answers that explain “why” and “how”.
Great subjective questions tend to have long, not short, answers.
Great subjective questions have a constructive, fair, and impartial tone.
Great subjective questions invite sharing experiences over opinions.
Great subjective questions insist that opinion be backed up with facts and references.
Great subjective questions are more than just mindless social fun.
I have tried to draw the reasonable options from the discussion we had in the other thread, and put them into clear options to vote on below.
You can vote on more than one answer, if you prefer multiple answers equally (especially as opposed to the other answers).