My recent question Which keyboard layout(s) is/are objectively better?, was closed as "Not constructive" by a moderator.
My intention with this question was not to solicit debate, but rather to learn about objective studies that have been done in the area. I realize that even with a well-formed question, many people may choose to try to turn it into a debate and/or extended discussion, as described in the cookie cutter closing text ("this question will likely solicit opinion, debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion").
I think it's a fair question to ask. (If not, it should have been closed as off-topic, not as not-constructive).
So my question now is, is it possible to ask such a question in a way that is viewed as constructive by the community? Or is it perhaps just such a hot-button issue that it's impossible to ask the question without becoming a debate/discussion?
Maybe @A Dwarf was right when he said (in a comment on my question):
You need a moderated panel of experts (or trusty users, let's say). Unfortunately, you cannot have that type of information in a public forum where it will be quickly crowded by subjective posts that will very rapidly detract the discussion from what really matters.