I'm puzzled by some of the close question decisions recently. Here are two examples (the first is my question):
- Is there anyone like Terry Pratchett in the sci-fi world?
- Other than Douglas Adams, who are some humorous SF authors?
(The second question was particularly popular.)
My was closed for being "not a real question" which both puzzles me and irritates me, as if I wanted to add a fake / noise question!
The second was closed as being "subjective and argumentative" which is even more puzzling. Surely it is not subjective if an author writes in a deliberately humourous way (though, yes, whether it is funny is up to the reader). And it is definitely not argumentative!
But I'm only using these as examples, there are plenty more.
I'm asking for two things here:
- Clarity as to what kind of questions are permitted.
- Latitude in questions. If we dismiss everything as "you can find it on Wikipedia / Google" and "that's subjective", it won't leave a lot left and many people (like those currently upvoting these questions) may simply "vote with their feet" i.e. leave.
Can we cut down the question closing?
Update: Just noticed this excellent question: What are some good SF books by authors not generally known for science fiction? I'm glad that one wasn't closed, but it seems that the rules (which I think need clarifying) are not being consistently applied.