Given the recent blog post that some kinds of subjective questions are OK on Stack Exchange sites, I thought I would try to formulate a good subjective question about usage to see what kinds of arguments people find persuasive and why.
So, for questions about a usage dispute:
- What basis do you use for deciding what is correct or grammatical?
- Why do you find some arguments persuasive and others not?
- Does the pervasiveness of a usage affect your opinion of it?
- What kinds of authorities on usage do you respect and who do you find to be not authoritative?