There are several questions regarding phrasing of the scope in FAQ lately and I want to bring something up that's been causing some minor irritation for me for a while. I believe the FAQ is interpreted (by some) in a very inflexible way, almost as if it's a list of "commandments". Consider the following phrasing: "Yes, the current FAQ doesn't allow those two questions ... ", taken from a recent comment regarding an FAQ related meta question (no offense intended to the author of the comment).
I have said this before in different context but I will formulate it again; I think we should rather be constructive than destructive. Shooting down questions or answers immediately (especially without giving an attempt to rephrase or improve) based on arguable interpretations of the FAQ will ultimately damage the site and community. I have been having problems with that sort of behavior lately on some SE sites (unexplained close votes, generally anti-constructive behavior) and I am getting tired and worried about it.
I would like to hear the opinions of others on the matter. Do we want a forum (forum as in a communication medium, not an electronic bulletin board) that is extremely strict in it's regulations and narrow in it's scope? Or do we prefer a community dedicated to asking and answering questions about sports? I believe the SE sites, especially the betas, should avoid steering towards the first alternative as it will ultimately damage the community and the site.