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I do not see any reason for this question getting closed: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3802265/what-are-the-python-features-you-found-unintuitive-or-surprising-closed

Could any of you provide specific reasons why?

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Well, coming on the back of the other two probably didn't help –  Marc Gravell Sep 27 '10 at 9:09
@Marc I don't even understand why my first WTF question was closed when in fact a question like this stackoverflow.com/questions/63668/… (which is worse in a sense that it is broader in topic) is left open. Is SO prejudiced? –  OTZ Sep 27 '10 at 9:34
@OTZ, the other WTF question is much older. SO has grown and focusses more on the serious questions, not the discussions. If you like to discuss, you can go to programmers.stackexchange.com. –  Toon Krijthe Sep 27 '10 at 9:59
also, yelling "f**k you" to people who vote to close isn't going to get you any friends. I'm deleting all those comments; please keep it more civil or get suspended, kthx. –  Won't Sep 27 '10 at 11:37
The argument that your argumentative question be left open just because some other argumentative question is still open is itself quite argumentative. –  Amarghosh Sep 27 '10 at 12:49
I need a list of all the people that claimed "it's ok to leave those terrible questions around; people won't use them to justify opening new questions" -- every single time it happens they should need to give me 5 rep each –  Michael Mrozek Sep 27 '10 at 13:46
@Michael Mrozek: Not painful enough; also, not enough rep available in the known universe. –  Piskvor Sep 27 '10 at 14:31
@michael need a supersecret "migrate to programmers" option for mods. @Pisk there is enough rep, but unfortunately it is bound up within Skeet's event horizon. –  Won't Sep 27 '10 at 17:03
@Will We had several mod flags on Unix that seemed to imply users thought we had that option. I told them there was no such thing -- the secret remains safe –  Michael Mrozek Sep 27 '10 at 17:19
Downvoting this question doesn't help anyone; the SO question(s) may not be good, but this question is a reasonable request for clarification about how the system works from a new user. +1. –  Pops Sep 27 '10 at 17:20
@OTZ, as a followup to @Gamecat's answer, here is Jeff (the admin) on older questions being grandfathered in. –  Pops Sep 27 '10 at 17:22

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up vote 10 down vote accepted

That's simple: It's subjective and/or argumentative and might bear the potential for a nice flamewar.

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It's certainly not argumentative. And how about this? stackoverflow.com/questions/101268/hidden-features-of-python Isn't this question equally subjective? I don't see how a question like this would yield a flamewar. –  OTZ Sep 27 '10 at 9:26
@OTZ: It's argumentative. One might say that he found the syntax unintuitive, or that the print-method now needs parentheses with 3.x, or that it's strongly typed...it's a conglomerate of very subjective opinions. You could also ask Why don't you like Windows? on SuperUser...would be the same. –  Time Traveling Bobby Sep 27 '10 at 9:36
If someone posts an answer, e.g. a syntax he thinks is unintuitive, and people on SO happen to agree, the answer gets up votes; if not, it won't get any or receive down votes instead, in which case visibility decreases. They won't argue -- instead they express their opinion via voting. That's the beauty of a voting-based QA system. –  OTZ Sep 27 '10 at 9:43
@OTZ: BTW, the hidden features question is two years old. Stackoverflow used to be more inclusionist in the past. It has outgrown that phase. –  Tadeusz A. Kadłubowski Sep 27 '10 at 13:25
@Tadeusz: For values of "more inclusionist" that mean "didn't yet have a functioning system for keeping the focus"... –  dmckee Sep 27 '10 at 15:37

Aside from the question itself, you are racking up a significant number of downvotes because of your attitude toward other users. You have been abusive in your responses and comments, which is inappropriate behavior for Stack Overflow.

For example, before Will edited this answer, you started it with

This is probably one of the dumbest questions on SO.

Also this answer, which you start with

What a load of garbage on this page.

You guys couldn't even introduce tree -CFft after all these hours? Seriously, if you don't know the answer, just don't say anything.

could have been worded much better than that.

We are trying to encourage people to participate, to ask even the simplest questions. Many users get driven away from forums when the experts on those forums start demeaning the "newbies". So far, this has been avoided here for the most part and we'd like to maintain this civil atmosphere.

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