This is an informational post. It’s not a solution. It’s important information that we’ll need to keep in mind to tackle this.
The mods don’t like having to police answers. It’s a lot of thankless work that starts arguments in comments and brush fires on Meta. But worse, it doesn’t work. People just keep posting opinions (then arguing that should be allowed).
The reason we close questions that draw mostly speculative answers is because
answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions
When we think a question looks like it should be fine, but its answers are tending to be almost entirely based on opinions, then we were wrong that it’s fine based on its looks. Rather than try to hold back the tide by policing answers, we just put up a dam and call it a day.
Any solution that wants to avoid closing will have to not ask mods to fight losing battles with the tide, and just make it so that we don’t need to solve a flood of speculation with the tool SE provides for it. In other words, it has to solve the problem at the root so that the close reason doesn’t apply.
Community education to do that would be great. However, there are always new answerers, so I’m dubious that education by itself can be a lasting solution as our membership turns over. Education is the solution we tried for these kinds of things in the past (designer reasons, game rec), and it’s never worked for very long.
This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t look for a solution. I would love to see one. But we’ve been here before and it’s important to understand what kinds of solutions haven’t succeeded in the past, and that mods deleting things isn’t a silver bullet.