Moderator Kev closed this a year after it was posted as being somehow not appropriate. Please let me know if this is merited and what guideline I disobeyed? I am posting this to meta stackoverflow because @Kev's bio says that issues regarding his moderation must be raised here.
closed as off-topic by ale, CRABOLO, Scimonster, Martijn Pieters, Patrick Hofman Feb 24 '15 at 8:51
This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:
- "This question pertains only to a specific site in the Stack Exchange Network. Questions on Meta Stack Exchange should pertain to our network or software that drives it as a whole, within the guidelines defined in the help center. You should ask this question on the meta site where your concern originated." – ale, CRABOLO, Scimonster, Martijn Pieters, Patrick Hofman
Your question probably got flagged, bad URL would be one guess. It isn't visible to anybody but the moderators. Moderators have to do something about that, they are expected to apply the black-and-white and were told to only reject flags in the rarest of circumstances. The outcome is highly visible to the flagger. Whom tend to get their underwear in a bundle when they get a rejection, nobody is looking forward to that meta post.
This tends to expose questions to the kind of scrutiny that few of them can survive, you can almost always find something wrong them. Especially the "not constructive" reason is popular. Or apply "things changed around here". I struggle in this case, but would guess at "best practice", the kind of question that was outlawed a while ago. Before you asked this btw. A closure is the typical result. Even though that makes no sense whatsoever after a year of asking the question, the odds that you'll get any more responses are zilch anyway.
So no real harm done either, you got a decent answer that you were happy with and there will be no other either way. The sting of having your question rejected as a legitimate one notwithstanding. Hopefully the real issue will be addressed some day. Or not, because everybody is just happy with the status quo. You can tell from the rest of the answers that that's the current vogue. When a site gets hit with 6000 questions every day and there's only one Skeet then you need Government. Which applies rulez consistently and retro-actively so nobody can complain.
Please note that the guidelines have evolved over time. What would have been considered on-topic in the past (or, at least, not off-topic) may not be seen the same way now.
Note also that Moderators generally don't trawl through old posts looking for problems. Other people using the site alert Moderators using flags.
All that said, I'd probably close it too. It looks more like you're trying to engage the community in discussion rather than looking for an answer for a specific problem that you have.
From the question:
Looks ok, but there are complaints about what IE submits in the postdata in the comments, and about how IE renders the buttons in IE 6. What are other people doing in this regard?
This is the red flag in your question. As Tart mentions, you're trying to start a discussion on Stack Overflow and you're trying to poll the community for thoughts. Both of these aspects make your question not constructive, although the moderator closed it as off-topic.
My suggestion, if you want to make a stronger case for reopening your question, is to edit it and improve it. Since you have a single answer, your question didn't turn out to be quite that bad. So, eliminate the polls -- "What are OTHER PEOPLE doing" -- and make the question fit the answer.
I actually tried to edit it for you. I did get rid of some of the not constructive parts, but that's about all I can do. Maybe throwing some code in there might make it more of a programming question. (It has potential to be a programming question).
With that said, if it has any chance for migration to another site, I'd still suggest you clean it up as much as you can. Ben Brocka listed some problems here, some of which you can control :)
Too old, too graphic design oriented and too not constructive for a migration to UX though.
Fix these things, and your question has a better chance of finding a home, whether that be on Stack Overflow, the Graphics Design site, or somewhere else. Just remember, none of those sites will accept a migration that doesn't fit the SE guidelines. Good luck!
George and James have covered pretty much most of the reasons why this question isn't great. Just so you can hear it directly "from the horses mouth", I found the question just a bit vague and fluffy:
- You link to a fairly substantial article which we have to read through to understand your question.
- You don't quote any specific parts of said article that you have problems with.
- You don't provide any examples of things you've tried.
- It's a question that would elicit discussion and vague answers, such as the one you accepted. I'm not seeing any there that is a definitive way of solving this problem.
There are a few problems with the post:
What have you tried? Anything? Without seeing your code, it just looks like a 'do this for me' question, which is frowned upon.
The source material for the post is an internet archive link. This question can't stand on its own -- if the internet archive is down, the question becomes nearly useless.
"Proper"? What means proper? It's a bit subjective. Add some criteria. What browsers do you want to support? What browsers do you not want to support?
It bears mentioning again, What have you tried?
I would have closed it as 'too localized' or 'not a real question' based on the above points I listed.