I asked a question about a popular politician in the US, performing public and collective prayers for a booming stock market, which was closed as not constructive.
Of course, the question is controversial, which makes it a question in the first place.
The template-explanation below the closing note reads:
This question is not a good fit to our Q&A format. We expect answers to generally involve facts, references, or specific expertise; this question will likely solicit opinion, debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion.
Reading it, I have to partially agree on it.
Did my question involve fact? Yes. I saw it on TV, which isn't a proven fact, so I searched the news, to prove it to you, but it seems, as if the prayer itself isn't such a fresh event, but about a month old, and was put into a news about the US pre elections process in the republics camp. But even the name of the candidate, Perry, was repeatedly removed from the message, as being controversial.
How does the name of the candidate make the question controversial? Because the less informed folk will not recognise that this is a republican candidate? So will they adjust their answer and feeling depending on that information, and is it my responsibility to avoid it, and how does it prevent the better informed folk to - well - see it as a controversial point?
I guess people, who don't stand facts, should avoid reading in general. You can't solve a conflict by removing factual information. Adults should stand some information and dissent.
Well - the golden calf is such a common phrase - I don't think it needs further reference. If this was the problem, a question for citation would have been welcome by me, but the question was closed without comment.
It looks like a poor behaviour to me, to vote to close without any remark, what you like to see improved. A second vote-to-close can easily upvote an existing comment on why to close, if it agrees, but without comment, it looks to me like an attempt to establish a taboo.
Question will likely solicit opinion, debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion.
Looking around, I would say that a good part of the questions is leading to argument and debate, example keywords:
- virgin Mary
- free will
- healing by prayer
I suggest to be more specific when closing a question, if it isn't obviously spam, rude and offensive, or a poor google-request.