There is fairly constant complaining on meta about the quality of questions and the overabundance of identity questions. There are also consistent concerns about attracting new users.
So a new user posts this question: Is the “fear of death” the most powerful impulse of the spirit for Batman? and we close it.
He has taken the time to transcribe a bit of dialogue from a Batman film and he is looking for the philosophical underpinnings for the statements made. This is an analysis question, which is allowed. It has been closed because members of the community think it will generate answers based on opinion instead of references. One member thinks the topic is too broad.
The user has asked for answers based in philosophy. Philosophy is a particular field of study which addresses questions of existence, knowledge, values and reason. Every analysis question involves some opinion, but we expect our members to substantiate their opinions with references - that's how analysis works. In this case, the user here has specifically asked that the answer be substantiated by philosophical reasoning.
How is understanding the basis for this bit of philosophical dialogue any different than understanding the meaning of the fly scene in Breaking Bad, whether Hitchcock was a feminist, whether Peter Venkman was a narcissist, why Mrs. Robinson didn’t want Benjamin to date Elaine, or whether Rear Window was making a statement about 1950s gender roles? Any of those questions could have generated unsubstantiated opinion or generated dissertation length answers, but we have rules for answers, so answers were concise and referenced.
It seems like we are closing a perfectly good question out of fear that we won’t be able to supply a good answer. Maybe instead of closing the question for fear answers might be bad, we should just downvote the bad answers and give people a chance to give good answers. As indicated in my comments, I have spent time researching this, I have an answer that I think might satisfy or at least interest the asker, it has linked sources, and it is not dissertation-length. This movie has many fans, so quite possibly there are others who could offer different research and perspectives. This is optimal functioning for a library, which is what SE aims to be building.
A library has absolutely no purpose when it turns customers and their questions away.
Please reconsider this question.