The legal governance of any reality, and the ethical concepts of that reality, I do not believe are a matter of opinion. Pedantically, you can say how we "out here" (the audience) feel about the ethics in a story are opinions but that is not what was asked.

Asking for canon governance on use of Tribbles as weapons has been ruled "opinion-based" by FIVE separate people. How so?

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    You didn't ask whether it was legal, you asked whether it met the definition of legal as defined by a fanfic rule
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 22:30
  • Untrue. I provided the best research I could locate, which happened to be fanfic rule. I clearly stated the credibility of the lead was suspect. How did you think I wanted anything defined? That question would be "Is GO-19 Star Trek Canon?" I already answered that it is not.
    – Vogon Poet
    Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 22:34
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    Removing it entirely would probably bring the question on-topic. I doubt it's answerable, but at least it would get reopened.
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 22:47
  • I was only trying to narrow the search down, maybe someone had a credible source. OK.
    – Vogon Poet
    Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 23:01
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    I've done an edit to suggest what sort of changes would be likely to get it reopened.
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 23:05

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I'm reasonably sure that the problem here is your (extensive) mention of General Order 19, a fan-fiction creation from the ST-Minutiae website. It seems like you're asking people to agree or disagree with a rule that was conceived outside of the Star Trek canon, which typically includes the films and TV shows.

I can see things from your perspective. You didn't actually ask whether this rule was canon or not, but you need to be aware that simply including it in the question changes the focus dramatically. Better to remove it, refocus the question and try to pose your challenge more directly.

I've done an edit to suggest a way of resolving the question a little more closely. I would imagine that this would also result in an upswing in votes. Obviously you're free to accept my suggestion or rollback as you see fit.

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