Recently I've been seeing a lot of questions asking why a particular vendor or organization chose a particular design (for example, this, this or this).
These questions can certainly be interesting, but I'm not sure they fit into the SE model. They can't be answered (well, not unless a representative of the organization actually posts a response), and they invite speculation. There could be a whole host of reasons underpinning a particular design decision, not all of which are related to human factors, so not only is it impossible to choose a correct answer, but many of these answers could end up talking about topics unrelated to UX.
What do we do about these topics? Do we -
- Leave them be - they provide scope for interesting and engaging discussion, which is good enough for us?
- Edit them to ask what human factors reasons might have underpinned a design decision, and which were most likely?
- Close such questions as off-topic?