SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation? is an old question with a bunch of up-votes. It's a list/survey/riddle question and would probably be closed if it were asked today.

What should we do with this question? Leave it open (people are still participating)? Close it and apply a historical lock, so the information remains available but the question is labelled as not a good example to base new questions on? Something else?


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My answer: Leave it open and create a "challenge" tag and flag for such questions.

Obviously the site has general standards for most questions. But even we agree that some questions--notably those in the Purim Torah category--do not need to be governed by such standards.

I think a good way of allowing interesting and fun questions to remain on the site without changing the general standards is making a separate category for semi-out-of-the-box questions.

Since there is a risk that these categories could be abused, the privilege of creating such questions might be restricted to those with significant reputation.

In addition to thinking about what is on the site, we might also consider the question of what is lost to the site by virtue of not falling completely within its current, very strict parameters. I imagine there is a wealth of Jewish questions, mysteries, enigmas and riddles flowing around cyberspace and people's minds. There may come a day when we want to make room for some of it.

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    NB: All of the Purim Torah questions are closed. There is a special temporal exception whereby they can be posted and answered during ~2 weeks of the year. When that period is over, they're all closed.
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Aug 10, 2015 at 18:58
  • Are you proposing list questions be accepted for a certain period of time only? As you noted we've made exceptions like that before in the case of Purim Torah.
    – Double AA Mod
    Aug 11, 2015 at 14:04
  • @DoubleAA I'm just saying that whatever grounds allows there to be Purim Torah questions on this site shouldd in theory be extensible further. I don't really see what great difference the limited timeframe makes.
    – anon
    Aug 23, 2015 at 17:04
  • @DoubleAA That is, in general, I don't think that either "flex" category strictly needs a limited tenure.
    – anon
    Aug 23, 2015 at 17:05
  • How can you say that without knowing the grounds on which Purim Torah is allowed?
    – Double AA Mod
    Aug 23, 2015 at 17:15

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