My question (and answer) How can I run Firefox on an FSDG distribution? has been closed as "opinion based". I believe that the question is a technical one (how do I install program X on a distribution that doesn't include it) and that the solution is factual and unbiased (use tool Y or tool Z).

Some people have strong opinions on: free software, FSDG certification, Snap, Flatpak, Firefox and the organizations behind each of them. Is this why the question was closed? If so, I don't think closing the question is an appropriate action, as that would imply that mere mentions of these are off-topic, which surely isn't the policy?

I am open to feedback. How can I rephrase the question to avoid opinion?

Update: In the meantime I've updated the answer considerably to provide:

  • even-handed examples for Snap and Flatpak
  • suitable forums for finding out "which option is best for me" (which would be opinion-based)
  • The question has now been reopened.
    – Kusalananda Mod
    Aug 11, 2018 at 7:30
  • For what it's worth, I see nothing opinion based there. Seems like a great Q&A, thanks for posting it!
    – terdon Mod
    Aug 14, 2018 at 23:35

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I didn't get further feedback, but the question was reopened.

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