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I asked a question my question which according to me addresses a good design issue. But somehow it got marked duplicate and was closed.

If flagged the question but have not received any response from moderators.

I need to understand is there something seriously wrong with the question?

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It was not closed as a duplicate. –  Toon Krijthe Dec 7 '12 at 12:27
@GamecatisToonKrijthe can you please help me in someway? Is it not a well formed question? –  Narendra Pathai Dec 7 '12 at 12:28

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First,your question was not closed as a duplicate, it was closed as "Not a Real Question", they are very different reasons. The reason is right in the close message:

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 see three likely causes, and 2 are legitimate

  1. You asked and answered your own question. While this is permitted, and in fact encouraged, as you mention in your comments, there are some members of the community that do not know this, and also some probably place a higher degree of scrutiny on both the question and answer because they interpret it as "rep gaming" in some way. I disagree with this reason, but it is likely part of the problem.
  2. It is an extremely broad question that really doesn't fit well in a single Q&A. I am not an expert in java so I'm not going to talk about the context, but looking through the questions, you have several questions that seem to be "why do you think this is the way it is", which is an invitation for a discussion or conjecture. Questions that ask for opinions and opinion-based answers are not a good fit for SO because questions are expected to be answerable and not have multiple equally valid but conflicting answers.
  3. The biggest reason is you asked 6 questioned, answered 5 of them yourself and then left the 6 unanswered. It is just a very unique decision on your part that probably doesn't fit with the question. If you really wanted to ask a question, I think you just should have asked question #6 and ignore the rest, or maybe did them as a couple of separate questions. But each question needs to be answerable and not based on opinion on conjecture.
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The main problem here is that you are not asking a unique, answerable question. Instead, you are asking a slew of tenuously related questions with answers that are debatable. This is why your question was closed as NARQ.

So to recap:

  1. Your post was not a question
  2. Several of the questions could have equally valid yet totally conflicting answers.

Note: Your question was not closed as a duplicate, which is a different thing altogether.

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But design is a topic that is debatable. And that is the reason I asked the question. Is it not appropriate for SO? –  Narendra Pathai Dec 7 '12 at 12:30
@NarendraPathai No, debate questions are not appropriate for SO, since there is no objective criteria against which we can measure the correctness of answers. –  Asad Dec 7 '12 at 12:34
It says right there on the "Ask a Question" screen: "We prefer questions that can be answered, not just discussed." Then there's this in the FAQ: "If your motivation for asking the question is “I would like to participate in a discussion about ______”, then you should not be asking here." –  Al E. Dec 7 '12 at 13:37

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