I recently read through the "What topics can I ask about here?" and find the current guidelines either impractical in a sense that they do not really gear towards an optimization in potentially derived benefit to the community, or are overly strictly interpreted.
My question is: Are those guidelines open to revision if there is enough demand from the community?
On one hand the question format "What programming language should I use?" is discouraged, which I understand to some degree, given the language wars that most often subsequently erupt. But I asked a derivative of such question and worded the question as "Is R being replaced by Python at quant desks?". And some suggested it pretty much invited debate rather than stating facts.
I believe that a lot of useful answers to questions contain a combination of facts, opinions, empirical evidence, knowledge derived from experience. It is almost impossible to leave out subjective content because it would preclude any sharing of experiences which are by definition subjective.
Why are we so against learning from others about their opinions and experiences? As long as useless in-fights are regulated/suppressed I find questions like "Which programming language do you use in a high frequency trading environment in 2015" extremely useful because it invites the direct and targeted sharing of domain knowledge. And I find it extremely counterproductive to constantly discourage debate. Debate is part of the process to find the best answer. Why do people debate? Because they seek the best consensus solution to a problem. That is exactly what this site should be about: Industry professionals have questions and others jump in and try to help and in the process there will be disagreement and as long as people back up their opinions and suggestions with facts and domain knowledge and without becoming personal this process should be favored over a "here is XYX = exp(abc + bcd)^2 - 2.35225*R, go and solve your issue" type of approach. At least that is my opinion.
My point is: I find it unproductive to get hung up on "rules" and "guidelines", and rather wish we can again focus on what produces value and learning experience to those who contribute to this forum. I used the term "hung up on" on purpose because I am all in to adhere to guidelines and guidelines are important. But as soon as they become the deciding factor for everything without judging the actual merit, guidelines become an idol.
I want to suggest to seriously question and consider a revision of the current guidelines because I believe with a willingness for constant change and overhaul we will stay up-to-date and focused on actually serving the community rather than worshipping couple rules and guidelines.