As sub-question, would questions containing sentences like "it really bugs me that people keep saying [...]" be considered peeving?

  • Granted I'm new, but... what do you mean by peeving (as it relates to EL&U?)
    – corsiKa
    Mar 14, 2011 at 18:40
  • Peeving, in this case, means a question about something that annoys, or irritates the OP.
    – apaderno
    Mar 16, 2011 at 11:29
  • Ah - akin to SO's technology rant disguised as questions. Thanks for clearing that up.
    – corsiKa
    Mar 16, 2011 at 16:32

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As long as there's an actual question beneath the peeve, I'd allow it. Hopefully the top-voted answers will redirect the asker's futile rage.

I'd worry more about answers that are just an expression of personal peeves, but the community is very good about voting those down.

  • I agree. As long as there is a decent question in it, it could be interesting for visitors from the internets, which is what it should all be about, shouldn't it? In addition, an intelligent rant might benefit the literary quality of the question, and actually make it a better read. Dry questions aren't always the "best" in all aspects. Mar 11, 2011 at 15:20



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  • It is a rant disguised as a question: “______ sucks, am I right?”
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    Well yes, a question that is merely a peeve/rant is always closed as "not a real question". I think this meta question here is about something that does contain an actual question about English, merely tainted by a disguised peeve. :-) Mar 11, 2011 at 4:38
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    @Shree: I think you are absolutely right. The description in the FAQ doesn't necessarily cover the kind of question we are talking about here. Mar 11, 2011 at 15:18
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    On second thought, it DOES cover the kind of peeve question that Kiam's meta-question is about; but JSBangs's answer complicates the matter, the right way. Mar 11, 2011 at 15:23

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