I asked this question and it was closed and got a lot of downvotes:
I'm wondering what to do about it. It's obviously something that struck me as interesting enough to put into a question here, but other people don't like it and I don't want to get banned from asking questions on this site.
First of all, I don't understand the reason for closing it: "Questions on social sciences other than History are off-topic here, unless they also involve history in some fashion. While ethics, archaeology, etc. are all connected to history, each field has their own experts who are better equipped to answer such questions." Obviously, the question does "involve history in some fashion"; I am not asking if other people have these nightmares, I am asking about the history of them. However, some of the commenters mentioned questions about "phobias" being bad. So I thought maybe I would find something about phobias under
help/on-topic, but I didn't. It does say that questions about "Cultures and historical practices" are on-topic.
I suppose this is a moot point, if people don't like the question and have been downvoting it, maybe that is more relevant than the fact that it has been closed. Anyway I'm wondering if I should:
Delete the question and forget about it, not waste any more of my time or that of other people
Include more research showing that this is indeed a modern phenomenon and trying to motivate why it might be interesting to know how long it has existed
Simplify the question, delete stuff that maybe people found irrelevant
Move it to a different site
I thought other people would be interested in this, but I could be biased or unobservant in some way that is clouding my judgment. Maybe I am failing to recognize what great variety of similar questions could be asked, or how difficult it is for a professional to research this topic. This also suggests a sixth option:
- Make it broader and less ambitious, "How do we investigate the history of [nightmares/underwear/phobias]?"... (if this can be done without inviting mere opinions)
There is also
- Leave the question around but keep it off the front page by refraining from commenting on or editing it; maybe someone else who is interested will find it years later and communicate some useful information via a comment
I'm not sure what is the thinking of moderators or close-voters, maybe there is a legitimate desire to keep certain low-quality questions off the site, and sometimes the various rules are interpreted somewhat creatively to accomplish this; at any rate I can see other questions where it seems this has happened. I am happy to delete it, but I am also curious if there is more to be said. I've never posted on a per-site meta before.
LangLangC wanted me to edit this question indicating that I read Why did my question get a downvote?. I just did, it was interesting. Things that stuck out to me with regard to the subject question: "Cite every non-trivial assertion in your question" and "Don't include anything you don't want to defend" (by the way, thank you Mark C. Wallace for your answer - while I was composing this edit - I see there is some overlap)
I'm not sure, but maybe part of the problem is that the close-voters cited one reason, and the downvoters were using a different reason.