This Meta post comes out of Erica's request for discussion on this question ("How should one handle a teen runaway who has shown up with a tale of woe?").
It seems to me that most questions on this site pose a problem, and then answers present a variety of ways the problem might be productively handled. Some approaches may work better than others. Good answers might have good reasons or backup on why they might or might not be the best way to handle a situation.
Here are some other example questions from the Related list on that one:
- How should a stepfather respond to “You are not my Father!”?
- As a parent, how should I react to someone asking me for permission for Prom?
- 12 year old with major tantrums that I have no idea how to control help needed
- How to deal with a teenager who wants his parents to buy him everything his friends have?
- How to deal with a teenage daughter who refuses to dress modestly
- Dealing with teens and pornography?
- Teen secretly playing video games when should be doing homework
- What should we do when our 15 year old wants sex with his 13 year old girlfriend?
- How do you handle the boomerang effect with Teens?
Even when looking at the list of highest voted questions, I see similar sorts of questions (this is unfiltered sort-by-vote as of the question posting):
- I am 21 and I am terrified beyond belief of my father
- How to comfort my dad?
- How can you deal with tantrums without spanking?
- My 13-year-old son made a foolish and wasteful donation. How can I teach him he was wrong?
- How can I prevent my 8-year-old from spending time with his bad friend?
- Why would you lie to your children about Santa?
- Impact on kids NOT having TV?
- Is having a sibling better for a child?
- Should you let a toddler win?
- My 2.5 years old daughter asks to learn to read
- How should I handle a little boy who likes girls' toys?
- What are some strategies for raising a bilingual child?
- Is bribing children with cash incentives a good idea?
- Can “The Giving Tree” be explained in a way that isn't an unhealthy lesson?
- Programming with a baby
What are the limits on asking questions that could have multiple different valid answers that have primarily subjective factors distinguishing between them? Why are the listed questions above within those limits, on-topic, and a fit for this site, while this one is not?