Not a pitting so much as just as voicing disappointment in cases like this. Specifically I am writing in this instance about this thread, though moreso am addressing all instances of such.
To be sure, some topics have higher potential to degrade into debates and some topics are eyesores to those who aren’t secure enough in their religion (for instance) to venture into GD. But I’m not sure why that necessitates banishing these threads to GD even though no debate has entered the thread (and most often is only containing accurate, unbiased information, and does indeed have a factual answer), nor hiding factual personal histories from the eyes of those who do not want to see anything that challenges their beliefs–even on a bulletin board that has as its motto to “fight ignorance.”
Doing so, to me mostly just seems to be rather insulting to the thread starter. If they posted in GQ, they did so because they didn’t want a debate and knew that there was an unbiased factual answer. Though of course the instance it is in GD, there goes any hope for that. And if they are polling people in IMHO, then again, they were specifically looking for a poll. They wanted to collect factual information about what others thought. Perhaps that is to serve as fuel to debate it inside themselves–but putting it in GD just means that the number of possible opinions they can collect is going to drop and they’re going to be left with the back and forth of the raging dogs. And obviously they had already determined that to be more than they could handle at that time.