You ever do some innocuous, simple thing that resulted in a sermon of sorts pouring out of the person you were sitting next to? Ever get the feeling that they might have had something bottled up, and you just provided a convenient outlet? Yeah, this is one of those things.
A new user found Sound Design and like many others, didn't realize that many of our sites frown on subjective questions. I want to be clear, some sites frown on these for very good reasons, including:
- They tend to overtake the site, while harder questions go unanswered because everyone is busy giving their opinion or anecdote
- They tend to attract a great many answers, which defeats certain utility aspects of our system. You find a question while searching, you find a few good answers, you generally solve your problem. Five pages of answers gets too close to 'forum' territory for us.
- They can skew the reputation system a bit, since questions seeking opinions or anecdotes are easily understood, thus answered with easily understandable answers that people feel very comfortable voting on.
- They can become spam targets, but I'm beginning to digress.
Stack Overflow had a major problem with this. Programmers nearly went under water due to this and other beta sites have struggled with this quite a bit. On the flip side, some sites do amazingly well with subjective questions .. Parenting, The Workplace, and others.
When I first evaluated Social Sound Design prior to bringing them on to the Stack Exchange 2.0 platform, I noticed that they had some softer, and rather open ended questions. However, none of my fears about them were coming true on the site. They weren't overtaking things, folks still go down to plenty of business to get their jobs done. They didn't attract a lot of answers, and most of the answers were of reasonably high quality. They saw moderately higher voting activity, but you don't see people with 5 gold badges that only answered one technically challenging question.
In short, what they were doing was - and can continue to - work for them and all that want to participate here until and if it becomes a problem. Don't try to solve the problems that other sites have until it becomes clear that you've got (or are clearly getting) the same set of symptoms that they did.
Even if we found that things need to be reeled in later down the road, this site is not going to be anywhere close to the scale of Stack Overflow at the time we had to take the actions that we did there.
You're 100% free to use your votes precisely how you wish, and I wouldn't dream of instructing you to do otherwise. I'm just asking, perhaps pleading a bit, try to keep an open mind. Sound Design is a very special case, remember that these folks existed on an island all their own completely decoupled from the network for years - and they were kicking it.
Worry about this site, and this site's policy - which includes helping to shape it. We may eventually have big city problems, and those aren't horrible problems to have, but let's not solve them until they become much closer to reality than they currently are.