I recently read about the distinction between generic vs targeted attacks, where generic attacks are ones where an attacker casts a wide net and makes a catch, while targeted attacks are those that hone in on an individual, group, or organization.

I was wondering if it would be OK to start a thread about this latter type of attack, inviting users to share their experiences. I was hesitant to post it initially, largely because the question I typed was flagged as subjective. However, after reading the guidelines, it seems like a legitimate question, because it would:

  • inspire answers that explain “why” and “how”
  • tend to have long, not short, answers
  • invite sharing experiences over opinions
  • are more than just mindless social fun

Perhaps there would be issues with citing facts and references, but I don't know if this would be a disqualifier for asking such a question. Please let me know if such a topic is out-of-bounds. It will not be posted unless someone gives me the green light.


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  • "starting threads" as a concept is not going to work here. This is not a discussion forum. – Rory Alsop Mar 27 '18 at 9:00

As a Q&A site, there needs to be the possibility of having a single acceptable answer. "Please tell me your experiences" cannot have an "Answer" per se.

On the page you linked:

If your motivation for asking the question is “I would like to participate in a discussion about ______”, then you should not be asking here.

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