Glad we agree on the disguised statement thing.
Sure, we can call somebody an idiot if we think their question is stupid, but it's probably good to remember that that doesn't mean they actually are an idiot or that the question was stupid, just that we think so.
Not sure why the question "Are we free to ask good or stupid questions on the DP?" was qualified as "Hidden Question". It was asked openly.
Michael has made the DP a public forum, which means he opened invited everybody to the party and never said "intellectuals only please." "Whims" can easily begin to take the form of censorship. And of course, he has the right to whims or censorship -- but there will be criticism of that, particularly by the folks who tend to populate a liberty-loving site.
Since asking questions is a matter of free speech, I think I'll keep such speech classified as a matter of liberty; not just libertine. Not sure respect for property rights entered into this, unless you are suggesting that since the DP is Michael's "property" we can't ask any stupid questions here (as defined by you or anyone else) -- in which case a LOT of people here have been tromping all over his property rights a LOT for a LONG time. But I agree that respect of others' property is a key value but we would probably define the parameters of that generalization a bit differently. So be it.
Lastly, your observation about the opinion based answers is DEAD ON! If I answer differently than a socialist or anarchist, has the question actually been answered -- in such a way that to continue to ask it would render the question stupid? In my OPINION -- even though it has been answered several times (by me, the socialist and the anarchist), the question is still a valid and good question. So thanks for helping me illustrate something important.
It's good you clarified that your stupd question post has only to do with factual questions that have been answered. But then, which ones are we talking about? They must be constrained to those questions for which the facts are knowable and known and communicated. Unfortunately, much of the time with recent events, this is not the case. So those questions which have been answered factually are a very small, small set.
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