The introductory tour to the site has a bunch of inaccurate description copied from the standard template. Among the oddities are
- Focus on questions about an actual problem you have faced.
We're not supposed to do that here. Code golf may have been an actual problem people faced back in the days when programs would take a substantial amount of a computer's memory, but the majority of modern software developers have probably never faced such a situation.
- Avoid questions that are primarily opinion-based, or that are likely to generate discussion rather than answers.
There are 172 questions tagged popularity-contest. It's the 4th-most common tag. "Primarily opinion-based" is just fine.
- Remember: we're all here to learn, so be friendly and helpful!
While we should be friendly and helpful, and learning is nice, we're here to solve puzzles, usually but not always by writing very short computer programs.
Is this just because we're in beta? Or are those parts of the template very difficult to change? Or do people just not care about that page?