So apparently imperative PSQs are acceptable, (even more than that, they are high quality posts).

I'm pro-PSQ, that's why I let it open. Despite that, as far as I know, the community is anti-PSQ, so I should have failed the test.

What is after all the community's official stance on this?

Edit: Following up on the comments below, it seems that officially MSE is anti-PSQ, so why this contradictory audit?

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    $\begingroup$ What would constitute an official stance? Do we have a legislature, a court system, a constitution? $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Nov 3 '13 at 12:25
  • $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson I consider as official whatever is in the FAQ. I was sure the anti-PSQ policy was stated in the FAQ, but I can't find it. $\endgroup$ – Git Gud Nov 3 '13 at 12:27
  • $\begingroup$ Hurkyl seemed to have found something when you asked this question in May --- see the comments on your question, meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/9473/psq-and-the-faq $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Nov 3 '13 at 12:31
  • $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson Thanks. $\endgroup$ – Git Gud Nov 3 '13 at 12:33
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    $\begingroup$ The audit system is imperfect. See the discussion in meta.math.stackexchange.com/q/10899/5676 $\endgroup$ – Peter Taylor Nov 3 '13 at 13:19
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    $\begingroup$ To show the other side of this, here is an audit I failed by attempting to close as needing more context, when the system thinks it is a 'high quality post'. $\endgroup$ – Dan Rust Nov 4 '13 at 15:22

The auditor is a robot who does not follow the nuances of meta.MSE debates, and, I'm afraid, does not even read the FAQ. It uses machine-readable metadata associated with posts (edit/closure/deletion history, votes, etc), hides it from the user being audited, and checks whether the user's reaction aligns with the actual fate of the post.

The particular post was well received, as many PSQs are. Hence, your decision to leave it open pleased the robo-auditor.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. I guess the community is to blame for upvoting that question (me included). $\endgroup$ – Git Gud Nov 3 '13 at 16:10
  • $\begingroup$ @GitGud: Why assign blame? The fate of that question simply shows that the community does not have a uniform standard. $\endgroup$ – Brian M. Scott Nov 9 '13 at 15:31
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    $\begingroup$ @BrianM.Scott I have a very strong tendency towards following rules and apparently I don't comply with them in this case. $\endgroup$ – Git Gud Nov 9 '13 at 15:33
  • $\begingroup$ @GitGud: As far as I’m concerned, there is no such rule. $\endgroup$ – Brian M. Scott Nov 9 '13 at 15:38

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