This close reason is now live. See: Why are questions off-topic if they invite answers which are not demonstrably correct, or are otherwise speculative?
I'd like to propose a new site-specific close reason, based on some past Meta discussions linked below. I propose the following wording, though this is, of course, open to suggestions and modifications:
This question is off-topic because it is a puzzle question with subjectively-correct answers. Good questions on Puzzling.SE have a limited number of objectively correct answers.
This, I think, covers a category of questions the community already feels we should not allow on the site for a variety of reasons. They're somewhat opinion-based, since one solution is only "more valid" through subjective analysis, and they're too broad, since they can have multiple (or infinite) reasonable answers.
The questions for which this close reason would apply have already received a number of downvotes, indicating the community feels there is something inappropriate about them:
- Which way is the bus going?
(There are other examples that I've seen over the past couple days, but as far as I can tell they've since been deleted and I do not have the reputation to find them. On this point, feel free to edit in any questions you feel match the criteria. This is an appeal to the Community Managers, so if we want this, we want to make the best possible case.)
We've discussed similar topics:
- Should we allow answers that "cheat"?: in which we discuss whether answers to questions that meet these criteria are good
- Definitive criteria for determining the on-topicness of brainteasers and "situation" problems: in which we concluded that "If a puzzle has one clear, demonstrably correct answer, it is on-topic." (@WendiKidd)
- How broad is too broad for "how do I solve this puzzle" questions?: in which the community seemed to agree this is an issue, but no sufficient answer was presented
- So what's our actual stance on riddles?: in which we determine that situational and open-ended riddles are not on-topic
(Once again, feel free to edit in Meta questions.)
I think this would help us trim down what we do not want, and allow what we do want to have a little more breathing room.