I was going to ask a question and a box popped up saying that the question would probably be closed. I don't like it when my questions could be closed, so I didn't ask it. How does the input form scan it for subjectiveness, and what does it even mean when a question is subjective?

  • This discussion would be more productive if you posted at least the gist of your question.
    – asheeshr
    Sep 26 '13 at 1:11
  • According to your user page you never asked a question.
    – Jens Kubieziel Mod
    Sep 26 '13 at 10:38
  • @JensKubieziel Exactly... Look at my second sentence.
    – Timtech
    Sep 26 '13 at 10:42

StackExchange scans for particular keywords and phrases in your question. For instance, try creating a new question (don't actually submit it obviously, just hit new question) and type in What brands have the best X?. It will give you the warning. Now remove the word best and try again. No warning.

I don't have a list of these keywords, unfortunately, but it really doesn't matter. It's just trying to be helpful, and won't always be correct.

At this stage, I'd say it's better to have more questions than fewer so we can get an idea of what questions are good, bad, on topic, off topic, etc. so I'd say you should probably go for it. At worst it will be closed, and that will be useful information to people asking questions in the future (public beta and beyond) as well.

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    This is exactly what the beta is for, to find out what works for this site. We know from experience that these types of questions can be very problematic if they overtake the front page, but each community needs to get its own feel for that in the early days.
    – Tim Post
    Sep 27 '13 at 16:02

I assume the Stackexchange software scans for some specific words or phrasing. This is based on experience of similar sites. Everytime someone uses those words or phrases this warning appears.

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