Vegetarians and especially vegans can face social situations where their dietary choices or lifestyles are misunderstood or not respected. Are questions relating to handling these situations on topic?

I see these questions as something that provide value, and attempted to add to this area with the following two questions, and the [living-with-omnivores] tag.

While these types of questions will be mostly subjective, that doesn't necessarily mean they can't receive good answers. In fact, Stack Exchange has a set of guidelines for subjective questions on the don't ask help page.

avoid asking subjective questions where …

  • every answer is equally valid: “What’s your favorite ______?”
  • your answer is provided along with the question, and you expect more answers: “I use ______ for ______, what do you use?”
  • there is no actual problem to be solved: “I’m curious if other people feel like I do.”
  • you are asking an open-ended, hypothetical question: “What if ______ happened?”
  • your question is just a rant in disguise: “______ sucks, am I right?”


Constructive subjective questions:

  • inspire answers that explain “why” and “how”
  • tend to have long, not short, answers
  • have a constructive, fair, and impartial tone
  • invite sharing experiences over opinions
  • insist that opinion be backed up with facts and references
  • are more than just mindless social fun

My first question was put on hold for being too opinion based. Given that these questions may be difficult to appropriately phrase, are there tips for ensuring that these situational types of questions encourage experiential answers?

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I feel you fixed both of your questions well, by editing them to ask how you can deal with the problem, rather than polling for opinions as to whether an ethically motivated action is correct or acceptable, which I feel is generally not answerable except in relation to some defined standard.

If answers will be purely opinion can't be wrong, then I think the question is inviting bad answers.

I think both questions are very good and on topic now and I voted to reopen the closed one.

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