We occasionally get questions from writers doing their due diligence for a story making sure they get their medical facts right. This question is a good example: Pedestrian Car Collision - book research
The question is clearly opinion-based because no matter how many factual references you can come up with to support your answer, it's really just a medical advice question for a fictional character. And since you don't have a full history and exam, your answer will have to be opinion mixed with educated guesses.
That means that under current site guidelines it should be closed without further ado. But we have a history of allowing such questions. I didn't dig down to find examples, but I know I've answered at least one or two myself and I've seen others. All that I can recall seeing have been allowed to stand.
So my question is: Should these questions be allowed?
My vote: YES
I think we should allow them as long as they're clearly fictional and don't ask for instructions on doing harm or concealing crime.
Also, allowing this exception for questions shouldn't change the rules for answers. They should still be required to provide references for their claims of fact.
- They do no harm and can be an interesting read
- Good answers can be found by search engines and be valuable resources for many other questions
- Now and then mods might have to explain why they're seemingly being inconsistent (by simply linking to this thread)