Five days ago, following a conversation we had on MSO, I created a new Area51 proposal: French Language & Usage. It was covering the same topic as both Le bon usage du Français [French usage] and French language but Pollyanna convinced me that Jeff and his team are most likely to let the community decide. Since I was aware many people would believe it's a duplicate, I explained on Area51 Discussion why I created the proposal when there already two similar proposals.
That question got eight upvotes, did not get a single downvote, was favorite by two users, and had no one disagreeing with my logic (Jez commented that he likes his approach better but that's off-topic).
In spite of that, the proposal got closed as a duplicate - no explanation give.
When I saw that, I created another discussion on Area51 to explain why I believe they were wrong. This question too received five upvotes, did not get a single downvote, was favorited by two users, and didn't receive a single dissenting comment. Yet, the proposal remains closed and the only reopen vote is mine.
Can anyone explain me why?