Should we close this type of question: "Evaluating a doctoral programinstitute of CS?". On the one hand, it's somewhat similar to the type of career advice questions we do allow. On the other hand, it comes awfully close to "What are the good programs in CS?" which would definitely be closed. My incliniation would be to close it, and ask the OP for a more specific question.
The question as it is phrased, or as it could be phrased, asks only for criteria for judging candidate institutions/programs. If only criteria are given, then no one gets hurt (directly). As soon as names of institutions and so forth are given, then we are into the land of subjectivity, and then the question should be closed.
I do not think this kind of question should be closed. Peter Shor actually gives my reason right here:
Any answer to that is going to step on a lot of people's toes (although if you privately asked people in the field, nearly all of them would come up with close to the same list of the top five or six programs).
Since the opportunity cost of a PhD relative to working as a software developer is pushing towards half a million dollars (comparing a ~100K salary as a developer to a ~25K stipend), I think we owe it to students to be very clear about the costs and benefits. Furthermore, since information like this is (a) crucial to someone about to embark on a PhD program, and (b) really only something that researchers in computer science have a clear picture of, I think this kind of question should be allowed.
That said, there is no place for malice or ad hominem attacks, but it is certainly possible to be frank without being cruel or malicious -- either of which would certainly be suitable grounds for moderator action.
Yes, we should close it, because the current question is just too broad. The asker should clarify what he/she really wants to know and edit it to (or repost it as) a focused question. I do not think that whether part of the current question is subjective/argumentative/controvertial/whatever is relevant at this moment.