Many of my questions are criticized as being requests for 'lists' with no 'one best answer'.
Does this mean that the site is dedicated only to the discussion of certain singular and peculiar historical factoids? If I ask for "other examples of an elected absolute monarch", certainly the answer has important historical significance: Is not a breakdown of the different ways humans choose to govern themselves, or allow themselves to be governed by others, a very important aspect of History? Does History mean only singular isolated facts?
I am not asking for a list to hang on my wall or a simple enumeration. I want to know how History looks in broad terms, over long periods of time and diverse civilizations. Certainly there is no "one best answer". Indeed, outside of simple mathematics, there is rarely, if ever "one best answer" to any question - certainly not in something as all-encompassing and multi-faceted as the study of History.
Here is an interesting question:
Asking for "other examples" is IMO no different than asking "How widespread". What constitutes a "request for a list" should be cleared up.
Update: Other examples of list based questions
- Good sources for maps Note that this question is both a request for a list, and a request for references, but it has 11 positive votes.
Have any famous Christian priests converted to Islam? Although the question is theoretically a yes/no question, the answer invites a list. This also strikes me as bad subjective.