As of now we have several questions discussing what to do with
list of X and games-rec questions:
Here's a summary of all that has been said before (and was upvoted):
- Should we allow poll questions - Result: no, we shouldn't
- Best/favourite/subjective list type questions - Result: no potential for becoming an "expert" at game recommendation
- Game-recommendations and single, correct answers - Result: they may not be too broad
- Re-evaluating our site scope - Breaking down the results for this one:
- We should allow some, because they help built and maintain a community. However, most of the commenters disagree.
- This is reflected in an answer: list questions don't solve a problem
- they shouldn't be subjective, argumentative or require extended discussion, because there are no measurable rules for answering or voting
- it should generally cover:
- game strategies and hints
- software tools commonly used by gamers
- matters that are unique to gamers
- any kind of problem that makes you stop playing
- it shouldn't be indiscriminate, so there should be a limited amount of possible answers. In short, the fewer answers possible, the better.
- it should ask for a solution
- we can't eliminate them all (as commented by Gnoupi), look at Super User or Stack Overflow for reference
My conclusion: all list questions should be closed unless they pass these strict guidelines.
This means a lot of questions will be closed and hearts will be broken, but we can't please everyone when trying to achieve our goal of becoming the resource for high quality gaming question. It's also generally better to close a question first and to discuss reopening later, than doing it the other way around.
It may be harsh, but at least zero-tolerance is very clear and unambiguous. I'd much rather see a meta discussion for reopening a list question, than having endless discussion on which to close and which to keep open.
I would also like to quote Grace Note, because it perfectly sums up what I believe this site should be all about:
Which is what divides questions and discussions/polls - the former is interested in the content that provides a solution, while the latter is interested in the people who produce that content. There is no expertise when it comes to the latter - it takes absolutely no prior knowledge to cast opinions.