Does the policy of this site encourage killing a question by putting it "on hold" indefinitely, rather than making the simple change requested? I ask this, because in my very short time on this site, I've seen a lot of questions put "on hold" in an inconsistent manner, that makes me wonder if the moderators are really acting as objectively about the rules as they pretend to.
Take this question I asked which was put "on hold" by moderator David. David put my question on hold because I used the word "individuals" which he felt made the question too broad. Rather than simply remove the word "individuals", he decided that the best thing he could do to help this site would be to write a 108 word response explaining why the use of the word "individuals" was not appropriate and then proceed to put the entire question "on hold".
I made the question narrower by saying that the belief should be in a published source and notified David of the change, asking if there is anything more I could do. Also, "individuals" has since been removed by another user, but the question still remains "on hold".
Now, I understand that there are some questions which would require significant effort on the part of moderators to correct, so putting them "on hold" is the best that can be done. However, in this case, the moderator spent the time to write 6 sentences explaining why he was putting the question "on hold" because he took issue with a single word in my question.
Is this sort of behavior in line with the policies of this site? If so, it strikes me as very non-productive behavior, as it discourages new users of this site tremendously. For instance, this was only my second question on this site, and because David put it on hold, a message came up saying that if I messed up on my 3rd question, I might be blocked from the site permanently.
Get one word wrong in your question and we might ban you forever. Seems a little harsh, especially for a group of people who are apparently interested in discussing Christianity (i.e. "But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.")