The question is Laughing at Dr Alexander Murry's presentation. I initially got an upvote, but this was followed by 1 downvote and 4 close votes for "Unclear what you're asking". I have edited between the 3rd and 4th close votes. Please help me improve further, if need be.

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    FWIW I don't think your question is unclear as it it essentially "Why was Dr Murry laughed at, if he was?" However, some people may have closed because either 1) it's so long they didn't bother reading or 2) the list of options is a bit confusing. Though they are just guesses and are not necessarily correct.
    – TheLethalCarrot Mod
    Commented Nov 26, 2018 at 14:52
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    @TheLethalCarrot I hope people are not actually closing questions without reading them.
    – Alex
    Commented Nov 26, 2018 at 15:14
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    @Alex Me to but it can happen.
    – TheLethalCarrot Mod
    Commented Nov 26, 2018 at 15:15
  • FWIW this got left closed in the reopen queue.
    – TheLethalCarrot Mod
    Commented Nov 26, 2018 at 15:28
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    And has been reopened outside of the queue.
    – TheLethalCarrot Mod
    Commented Nov 26, 2018 at 15:56
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    It's pretty long and a lot of it is largely unnecessary.
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 26, 2018 at 17:27
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    @Valorum: "Too long" is not a valid close reason. It is an especially poor reason to VTC as "unclear what you're asking" given that the resulting message encourages making the question longer. (Yes, too much detail can make something unclear. No, that does not mean we get to entirely ignore the resulting UX.)
    – Kevin
    Commented Nov 26, 2018 at 21:22
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    @Kevin - OP was also looking for advice on how to improve the question generally. Taking an axe to it would be an excellent start imho
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 26, 2018 at 21:29

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The question does not appear to be unclear per my reading of it. The question appears to boil down to "Why are the audience laughing and what/who are they laughing at?" This is a perfectly clear question. I have made some slight formatting changes but that is only to get content inline with the numbered list. It would be better, however, to have a title for your question that better describes what you are asking rather than something a bit generic.

To address why people may have voted to close, though I of course don't speak for them.

  1. It's so long they didn't read it - a TL;DR section can help for this but you've added the "questions" section now which should be better.

  2. The list of potential options is a bit confusing; I agree with it is quite confusing and long but it does give some nice leads and shows you've thought about it yourself so I'd say keep it. - This has been cleared up a bit by bolding the heading.

Overall though this post seems clear and has been improved so it should be reopened.

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