Proposal: Computer Science Educators I see a lot of questions that seem very open ended to allow for opinion rather than fact. It seems to me the site will draw those type of questions rather than fact searching. How will the site handle that going forward?
I agree that this site may not be the perfect fit for many of these open-ended type questions. But there are different types of open-ended questions, some of which it may be good for. For example, I feel like it could still work for "best-practice" questions, such as "best way to teach Github". The most popular answers simply get voted to the top. Would not work well for "polling" or "debate" (e.g., Java vs Python?).
And of-course, it works well for "clarification" or troubleshooting questions.
I did a quick scan through the question types and here is my rough categorization. The categories in italics are the ones I think could work well, which are roughly 60-70% of questions currently on the page.
Type of question - Number of questions:
How to explain - 3
What to teach - 8
What something means - 3
Infrastructure issues - 4
Resources - 4
Teaching issues - 2
Troubleshooting - 4
Some pedagogical questions may seem like a matter of opinion, but in some cases consensus has been reached in the CS community or educational research has been conducted. For example, having a quick feedback loop for learners in their environment is extremely beneficial. So, while some educators may prefer a particular language or environment, if it does not give students quick feedback on their errors it will be less effective than an environment that does.
But certainly questions like "Is Python a good intro language?" or "Which IDE is the best for Java?" do not have clear answers and wouldn't work well here.