Today I found that Graphic Design Stack Exchange has a
best-practice tag. And while not so large in number, tagged with it are some pretty helpful and interesting questions. I immediately thought "why don't we have that over at BSE?" and I recalled that there was some rule that was basically agreed upon by the community that we shouldn't allow "best practice" questions because they would be too broad, or would generate answers that are opinion-based. Ah yes, here is the post I was thinking of: Best Practices for Learning Blender [Closed]
Now, in that particular example I think the question fails because it's essentially asking how to use all of Blender. But is it inherently wrong to ask a question about the best practices with regard to accomplishing a certain task within Blender? And could such a tag, if given a clear definition including clear usage guidelines, help to serve the community?
A keyword search of questions within Blender Stack Exchange containing "best practice" reveals that they are not so uncommon.
But isn't it then perhaps sufficient that people trying to learn Blender with less trial-and-error and more attention to theory and workflow can simply use the search field to find these questions? Is there any real benefit to having a tag?
Here is a Meta question proposing a best practices page. I can see why it was not a popular idea. We don't want to write entire tutorials, and we want to keep our content here concise.
I can't help but wonder, is the nature of the questions at BSE different enough from GDSE that this sort of question should be handled differently? Would adding such a tag open Pandora's Box and lead to a flood of vague and rambling questions that pave a wandering trail off into Opinion Forest? Or could some good come of it if we instruct users to keep it to a specific topic or tool?
What do you all think?