I need help coming up with a tricky simile. I tried asking on Writers SE but it got closed. I was advised to ask on Writers Chat, but there has been no response.
Is there a workable way of setting this question up on ELU?
Asking users to come up with an original simile, would only invite close votes for being POB.
One way to overcome EL&U's straitjacket would be to focus on the expression passing grades used in the official document, which makes a "true" point, but fails to tell the whole picture.
You could ask for the name of a rhetorical device which presents a fact as being representative of the truth, when it clearly omits key details. You could also ask if there is a common idiom which describes this form of bias or slant.
You could create your own simile/metaphor and ask if a known one already exists— this could however lead you onto a slippery slope, and users might argue that the question is POB, or too broad. On the other hand, if the question ignites interest and good suggestions, it's rare a popular question gets closed on its first day.