Why is this closed?

The fall of the Communist bloc as seen from the eastern side

It's not really subjective.

And it can't possibly be argued to be off-topic for SFF: sociopolitical fiction about the future is a VERY VERY large subset of - especially, Eastern Block - SciFi (See Strugatsky, Bulychyov, etc...). As in, there are more "SciFi" works that fit the topic Gilles asked about than non-SciFi works.

  • I can't speak to reasoning, but in terms of process, this is what happened. This answer bumped the question. It received a couple of close votes. Then it went to the Close Votes queue, where it picked up it's last few VTCs. I vaguely recall seeing it when it was bumped, but didn't think it needed closing at the time. The question is from the super-early days of the site, so I'm not surprised that ~2 years later it was deemed close-worthy.
    – user1027
    May 7, 2013 at 18:18
  • I don't remember seeing it, but I would not have VTCed if I saw this come up in the queue. While any correct answer would hardly be concise, I still feel that it can be objectively and conclusively answered (and definitely on topic). I very much believe that old questions shouldn't be closed without very good reasons... it would have been eliminated as spam/garbage early on if it were that sort of post. Too bad it can't display a warning that advises caution on closing old questions when someone attempts VTC.
    – John O
    May 7, 2013 at 18:24
  • @Keen - that explains the mechanics but not the justification. I don't see any reason why it should be closed. It is in no way, shape or form "not constructive", althogh admittedly it doesn't fit the usual "no analysis or synthesis effort required" mold more typical to the trivial questions this site is teeming with. I have a feeling that was what Gilles was referring to when he said the site was not living up to its potential as per his hopes, and I fully agree. May 7, 2013 at 18:56
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    If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say because answering requires one of two things: (1) a recommendation of analyses to look into, or (2) analysis itself, known as discussion. It doesn't seem to be the best fit for SE. The comments also indicate that people feel that it's off-topic, being more about geopolitics and history than SF, among other things. May 7, 2013 at 19:51
  • Voted to reopen. Good SF is very often political in at least some way. While there may be other reasons why people VTCed, I want to hear those reasons before accepting the closing. If it was closed because it was deemed too ideological, I disagree.
    – Andres F.
    May 8, 2013 at 12:16

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I see absolutely no reason why this question should be closed. It is on topic (it focuses on science fiction works), constructive (looks for a general description of writing trends on a specific topic), not too localized (specific topic, specific geographic region) and not a duplicate.

I find the question interesting, as did quite a few other people, judging from the votes.

My suspicion is that it received close votes because elements of the question, and potentially some answers, are fairly abstract. I don't feel that those are reasons to vote to close, however, and I'm glad to see that the question has been re-opened.

It probably didn't help that one of the answers includes a lot of completely off-topic and irrelevant socio-political commentary that should probably be edited out of the answer entirely.

  • I suspect it was also a victim of the initial rush when the review queues were new.
    – Kevin
    May 9, 2013 at 12:33

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