Earlier, I asked people what their favourite dad joke is on the main site. It gathered some interest form the community, a few upvotes, an answer and a few comments. One of these comments asked for the question to not be closed and received 3 upvotes.
It quickly made it into the hotlist and started gathering some more views. A bit later it was, understandably, closed by a mod as a primarily opinion-based question. (Though there are definitely precedents for opinion based questions being accepted on a Stack Exchange site.) I had a talk with him in the chat and after some discussing he suggested I bring up the issue on meta.
My argument for leaving this question has been made before and I doubt I'll make it better. I'm talking about Stack Overflow: Where We Hate Fun by Jeff Atwood (which I recommend you read right away). He argues that questions should be judged by 3 criteria:
- Does this question match the criteria provided in the Stack Overflow FAQ?
- Is this question accepted by the community, as reflected in upvotes, favorites, views, and answers?
- Does this question teach me anything that could make me better at my job? Can I learn something from it?
The question he is talking about is Strangest language feature.
He judges that while this question doesn't fulfil the first criteria, it does fulfil the other two.
It is unclear wether the community accepts this question (though initial evidence did point towards it), hence this meta post, to ask you: do you want this question to stay open?
As for the third point, which Jeff Atwood argued was the most important one:
As Meat Loaf once said, two out of three ain’t bad. It’s guideline #3 that ends up being the pivotal decision in most borderline cases.
I would argue that you can learn something from reading dad jokes as told by fathers (or mothers) or as fondly remembered by children. It shows us how even the silliest things can have a great impact on the relationship between a parent and a child. (especially if the dad jokes come straight from the heart.)
I'll close this post the same way Jeff Atwood did his blog post:
On Stack Overflow, contrary to popular opinion, we don’t hate fun. But only a certain amount of fun will be tolerated, and always with steely, businesslike frowns. :)