Some examples off the top of my head:
- Are there any languages without fricatives?
- What language has the most points of stop consonant articulation?
- Are there any languages without at least a first-person second-person third-person distinction?
- Are there any pragmatic phenomena that differ between languages in a way that cannot be attributed to culture/society?
All of these questions conceivably have solid (albeit disputable) answers, but there's a risk that the open-ended format will result in unfocused and ultimately messy discussion.
A potential pro I see in these sorts of questions is that they would be very interesting to me (and I suspect other community members). Moreover, I would propose that these questions are also fairly "Google"-able, so having them on the site may improve our profile.
I've seen other StackExchange communities go both ways. For instance, the Programmers site rarely closes a question for lack of specificity. On the other hand, the vanilla StackOverflow seems to at least have a tepid response for "best practices" questions and the like.
Some potential responses:
- Delete all such questions
- Enforce community wiki status to prevent too much attention being diverted to these sorts of questions while still welcoming contributions
- Permit all such questions