I was just wondering, can opinion based questions be posted on the meta? Or is it discouraged here like it is in regular world building?


Some meta questions are inherently opinion-based. Yes the close reason is available, but the same base set is present on every site, main and meta, on the network, so I wouldn't read too much into that.

Questions about our scope, about what our policy should be on some point, or for that matter about what to name our robot will evoke opinions. That doesn't make them wrong. Answers should still support those opinions in some way; just saying "unicorns should be off-topic" doesn't help anybody. And questions still need to be about the site (or the SE platform in general); don't use meta to ask people what their favorite movie-worlds are.

See what is meta? in the Help Center for more about the purpose and use of meta.

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    $\begingroup$ If you really want to talk about peoples' favorite movie-worlds, try Worldbuilding Chat. :-) $\endgroup$ – user Feb 12 '16 at 8:19
  • $\begingroup$ This is a difference in definition I think. If you're supporting "those opinions in some way" then it's not primarily opinion based. It will be an opinionated answer based on reasoning (which is why the reasoning must be included). All answers will contain one portion or another that is opinion based, but if the question solicits answers that are primarily opinion based, then it's not appropriate. $\endgroup$ – Samuel Feb 12 '16 at 17:40


Questions about the Worldbuilding main site that are primarily opinion based are not on-topic here on Meta. We still have an option to close questions here as "primarily opinion based". Though I think we're far more lenient here.

If you mean Worldbuilding questions (but would be off-topic on the main site) that are not about the Worldbuilding main site, the answer is still no. Those would both be off-topic and primarily opinion based.

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    $\begingroup$ A lot of discussion questions are entirely opinion-based but on-topic. $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Feb 12 '16 at 1:21
  • $\begingroup$ @HDE226868 Yes, as long as they are about the site itself or the software that runs it. Note that on [meta], the top "off-topic" close reason is This question does not appear to be about Worldbuilding Stack Exchange or the software that powers the Stack Exchange network, within the scope defined in the help center. $\endgroup$ – user Feb 12 '16 at 8:20
  • $\begingroup$ @HDE226868 No, not entirely. They may be opinionated, but are (or should be) based on reasoning, not primarily opinions. $\endgroup$ – Samuel Feb 12 '16 at 17:42

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