I have a feeling that a percentage of people here, especially newcomers, do not understand what NAGE really means and mix it up with off-topic example. It's a bit discouraging and confusing to me when my off-topic example(s) that I thought hard to come up with got voted down as NAGE without any explanation by the downvoter(s). I even explained that I intended the example(s) to be off-topic. (http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/31538/anime-manga/31609#31609)

So would anyone come up with a short and accurate definition of NAGE and how it is different from off-topic? And then, it would be great the definition be added to the FAQ page for future reference.


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In a nutshell:

  1. Use the criteria at Good Subjective, Bad Subjective and Real Questions Have Answers to decide if this proposed question is a good example.
  2. Decide if the question fits into the site's topic.

If the answer to 1 is no, vote not a good answer.
If the answer to 1 is yes and 2 is yes, vote on topic.
If the answer to 1 is yes and 2 is no, vote off topic.

In this particular case, you commented:

All answers can only speculate until the author add it to the story

which means it''s not a good example question.

As for the FAQ, it currently says:

Ask questions that can be answered
Avoid asking questions that are subjective, argumentative, or require extended discussion. Stack Exchange does not work well with questions like "Which is the best…"

So I think it's already says pretty clearly that this is the type of question that shouldn't be used as an example—but I agree that the FAQ should have more details, and particularly, link to the two blog posts above.

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