By this I mean:
- Subjective and discussion questions are, perhaps not encouraged, but tolerated, and indeed draw the most views, answers and votes.
- Users recognizes that these type of questions are the shortest path to accumulating rep, and we get a glut of them.
- Moderator/dev crackdown on these questions, strict definition of what type of questions are and are not answered (e.g. http://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/128548/what-stack-overflow-is-not). Subjective and discussion questions are closed immediately. It is made clear that this is not a dumping ground for subjective questions from other SE sites.
- Conflict about what to with the questions left over from phase 1. Should they be deleted? Should they remain on the site with a scarlet letter indicating that they are no longer appropriate? What about the rep earned by those questions?
I ask because my tolerance for subjective and discussion questions is a bit higher than what I think is the prevailing sentiment in the SE community. If I ask or answer subjective or discussion type questions now, am I going to be encouraged to feel dirty about it later? Will my posts be later cited as an example of the kind of thing the site doesn't want anymore? Am I setting myself up to be part of a conflict where I will cast as someone happy to leave crap on the internet and who doesn't care about quality?
The good news is that, as the deletionist sentiment is now more established, we will probably move through these phases faster than we did before, so our commitment will be somewhat limited before the locks come on.