Where can I ask questions that on normal EL&U would get closed due to having far more than one answer, basing on personal opinions, polling etc?

Example: I'd like to ask about various non-obvious language resources. Things like NGram, or the free (no subscription required) gateway to OED, various little-known resources and little-known techniques of using well-known resources you use in your daily work.

Chatty, subjective, with no single correct answer, all unsuitable for EL&U but definitely something I'd like to know, and I'm pretty sure a lot of people would love such tips&resources entry.

  • ...I must say, I miss the old formula of StackExchange where you'd just mark a question "community wiki" and have 300 answers, all of them contributing something of value...
    – SF.
    Commented Nov 19, 2012 at 11:26
  • Quora.com is starting to get bigger than SE.
    – Pacerier
    Commented Sep 30, 2015 at 0:40

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You can ask in the chat room for EL&U.
The chat is perfect for chatty, open-ended questions, polls, requests for opinions, and discussions. It is also less restrictive about what is acceptable, and not.

There aren't Stack Exchange sites where chatty, open-ended questions are acceptable. In all the Stack Exchange sites (but not their meta sites), the FAQ says, "Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page."

  • Do inactive chats get purged, or are they retrievable? Commented Nov 19, 2012 at 14:23
  • A "chatty" question goes in the "chat room"? Who named that anyway?
    – GEdgar
    Commented Nov 19, 2012 at 14:54
  • @StoneyB Inactive chat rooms that contain enough posts are frozen; the other inactive chat rooms are deleted. Only a chat moderator can unfreeze chat rooms, or undelete them.
    – apaderno
    Commented Nov 19, 2012 at 16:53
  • I've just remembered that Zairja recently issued an invitation to Chat about a question, with the idea of evolving a better question. Is it fas to include such an invitation in the body of a question? Commented Nov 19, 2012 at 18:59
  • @StoneyB In a post, you can add the link to the chat room. Otherwise, the invitation is done with a POST form, and it is not possible to get a link to a POST form.
    – apaderno
    Commented Nov 19, 2012 at 19:12
  • @StoneyB, "fas" meaning?
    – Pacerier
    Commented Sep 30, 2015 at 0:39
  • @Pacerier It's Latin: right, licit, 'done' Commented Sep 30, 2015 at 1:48
  • @StoneyB, Odd it neither shows up in Google or in OneLook
    – Pacerier
    Commented Sep 30, 2015 at 6:20

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