There have been numerous debates on what we consider on-topic for this site.
To show some prime and highly debated examples:
- Are anthropomorphic animals by themselves enough to deem a work fantasy?
- Are works that aren't SF per se, but have occasional SFnal elements on-topic? (e.g. spy movies)
We even have an FAQ version What questions are on-topic, and what questions are off-topic? but that has not been updated since 2011.
This got me thinking since there has been discussion on how we score our tags. Does SFF need/have an objective way of scoring tags? (although this idea was not well received).
Would there be someway to bring some objectiveness into how what works we determine on and off topic? Or is this something that will have to be handled in a discussion format when new works have questions about them?
If not could an update to the FAQ question linked need an update? (At least one current discussion Policy on questions about which genre or subgenre a given work is in? makes one point on the FAQ debateable.)
Is any attempt at objective consistency futile?