I recently asked this question on the scifi stack exchange.

After I typed the question, I got a blurb that said "The question you're asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed." I'm honestly curious why I got that. There's not a doubt in my mind that this is an objective yes/no answer and I have no reason to believe it will be closed.

I tried a couple rewrites of the question and I kept getting the blurb, so I figure this is just bad parsing on the site's part, but I'm still curious why I got it.

Of course, if I'm misunderstanding things and did post an off-topic question, please let me know and I'll delete it. But I'd still like an explanation as to why.

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Because you included the word 'you'.

Any title with the words you, your, best, favorite/favourite, worst, and hardest get this warning. It's kind of outdated; see What algorithm does Stack Exchange use to determine if a question may be subjective? on Meta.SE.

  • This problem has come up before on various SE sites. Really "you" and "your" should be removed from the list.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 6:13
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    @Randal'Thor - it probably is a good heuristic for StackOverflow :) Commented Sep 10, 2017 at 15:49

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