Specifically, I'm referencing this question: Which character from Star Trek (TNG era) "died" the most times?.
Why I believe this question requires a lot of discussion
Initially, I left a comment asking for some clarification. (The request was based specifically on some examples presented in Praxis' answer; you can check the history to see that he was initially counting them all. Even now, it's not entirely clear whether some of them "count" or not.). This comment was deleted before clarification could be provided. (I don't think the asker even saw it.)
Based on the comments being cleaned up while discussion was ongoing and some significant clarification also being lost without being edited in the question, I concluded that the mods had decided that there was simply too much discussion for the Q&A format. A narrower choice of criteria for "death" would probably require much less discussion, but I don't believe that's the question the OP wanted to ask. Without extensive discussion of the criteria, I don't believe we can determine whether a particular event "counts"; it would either be opinion based or simply unclear. (Even with that discussion, it might still be considered opinion based unless the OP is allowed to have final arbitration on whether something "counts.") Based on this conclusion, I downvoted, flagged the question for closure, and left a comment explaining my reasons for doing so. (The flag was declined, but obviously, I don't have any insight on the reasoning for that; perhaps I should have chosen "Primarily opinion based" instead of "Unclear what you're asking".)
The behavior in question
After a couple more comments clarifying this reasoning to the OP, they suggested that the necessary discussion and clarification could occur in a chat room. However, I'm skeptical that this is acceptable. The Q&A format is explicitly designed to limit lengthy discussion, instead promoting clarity and narrow scope. This limiting is frequently credited as a major factor in why StackOverflow was such a huge success.
So my primary question here is whether this behavior is acceptable: are questions that require lengthy discussion and clarification but contain that discussion to chat acceptable as on topic?
Secondary questions about this specific case:
- Have I misinterpreted the moderator action in this case?
- Does this question require less clarification than I think?