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 '11 at 18:40
  • Peeving, in this case, means a question about something that annoys, or irritates the OP. – kiamlaluno Mar 16 '11 at 11:29
  • Ah - akin to SO's technology rant disguised as questions. Thanks for clearing that up. – corsiKa Mar 16 '11 at 16:32

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. – Cerberus_Reinstate_Monica Mar 11 '11 at 15:20



To prevent your question from being flagged and possibly removed, avoid asking subjective questions where …

  • 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. :-) – ShreevatsaR Mar 11 '11 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. – Cerberus_Reinstate_Monica Mar 11 '11 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. – Cerberus_Reinstate_Monica Mar 11 '11 at 15:23

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