I asked a question about how PHP's
The original question:
How does PHP's
The question received several comments, one questioning the appropriateness of webmasters configuring systems, one claiming that I asked the wrong question and should instead ask how to avoid the spam folder, and one saying that the question does not belong on SO. (I have purposefully left out names of these people)
All of these comments missed the main point of the question: I did not ask how to avoid the spam folder, or how to configure it. I asked "How does PHP's
The question was then closed as "not a real question":
It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form. For help clarifying this question so that it can be reopened, see the FAQ.
I don't think it's difficult to tell what's being asked at all. The title of the question is really all you need: "How does PHP's
I later edited it to try to remove some of the comments about it being "reliable" since this was the main criticism of the question (as far as I can tell), but continued receiving downvotes, and even two votes to delete the question.
I tried asking on the PHP web chat:
Sorry if this isn't the right place to ask, normally I see a "vote to close" or similar room, but can't find one today.
My question about how PHP's mail function works was closed: stackoverflow.com/questions/…
I understand that some people think using mail is wrong, or that it is better to use something like SES, but shouldn't have bearing on whether my question is downvoted or closed.
The close reason says "It's difficult to tell what is being asked here." but I disagree.
The clue is in the title: "How does PHP's mail work?"
From the FAQ: "However, if your motivation is “I would like others to explain __ to me”, then you are probably OK."
I see no reason why my question doesn't fall within the scope of the SO FAQ.
It is not ambiguous or unclear at all.
I didn't receive any response from the moderators who closed the question, even though I flagged it for their attention. I don't know where else to look for help. I tried following the FAQ and asking a real, unambiguous question, but it was still downvoted heavily (to -6) and closed, with two votes for deletion. I don't understand how this question violates the FAQ.