I'm worried about some of the questions that are being closed. I'm all for closing questions if they merit it but I'd hope we could exercise some caution when closing questions.
I've been a part of other StackExchange betas and this can get pretty nasty. So far there are two questions that have generated a lot of comments discussing their closure and I haven't seen a question about it on meta yet so here it is. The questions that were closed are:
Which martial arts focus on self defense? [closed]
Which muscles do I use to stand? [closed]
The first was closed as being "not constructive" and the second for being "off topic". The first question was one of the defining questions in the definition stage of this site so that's kind of upsetting. It doesn't ask for an opinion or a subjective evaluation. If the question was "Which martial arts focus on grappling?" does it also not belong here? If anything it could be made community wiki.
The second question got pounded for not stating exactly how it relates to martial arts. I have a question: Who cares? Are we so daft that we can't imagine how or why it might relate? I can think of a number of ways. I don't think it's an amazing question but why should people decide to close it?
We can't address these questions without addressing some other questions that are still open and don't have a single vote to close:
What's the best way to sew badges onto a uniform so they don't come off?
Whats the best way to stop a nose bleed quickly?
Whats the best way to get sweat stains out of a Gi?
So we have questions about sewing, nosebleeds, and stain removal that no one seems to have any problem with? Personally I have no problem with these questions myself but it seems a but hypocritical and I can't understand the mentality at play here. IF someone mentions some sort of relation to martial arts its on topic? All 3 of these questions ask "What is the best way to..." which implies that it's a subjective question asking for an opinion.
Side note: All 3 of these questions were asked by the same person which I didn't realize until I put this list together; this is not meant as a personal attack (although this person did vote to close both of the questions in question).
Personally I would hope that we can be more inclusive of questions. If a question is asked that the community here could reasonably be assumed to be able to answer, let's include it. I'd hate for this to be a site where questions have to fit a narrow mold to be allowed. People get very angry when questions they feel are legitimate get closed (as I can attest to). Why create a site that is going to be hostile to its own users? Are we worried that this site will turn in to a haven for fringe kinesiologists? What do we actually gain by closing these kinds of questions?
I propose that we consider things that:
- Have no relation to martial arts
- Would not be answerable by a martial arts expert
That's about it. I'm all for more questions, not less.
If you agree please vote to reopen the closed questions and reopen other closed questions that don't fit this mold. There is bound to be disagreement but the way the site is set up the active side wins.