Why was my question downvoted: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/13785072/how-to-run-a-script-whenever-there-is-net-activity

Please briefly tell me what exactly went wrong:

  • Was it in the context
  • or is the question unacceptable
  • or is it totally irrelevant to the question but the way I asked it?
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    How about because you want to spy on people?!
    – user164207
    Dec 9, 2012 at 16:36
  • Lol. . . well the idea was not mine but my friend's, my project idea was rejected by my mentor which was making an interactive tutorial of algorithms on android . . .so I was clubbed with him. Dec 9, 2012 at 16:40
  • 5
    Okay, so you want to help your friend spy on people. Exactly why is this better? Why shouldn't your question be downvoted to oblivion?
    – user164207
    Dec 9, 2012 at 16:43
  • I had to do a project what can I do ? Dec 9, 2012 at 16:48
  • 5
    Hmm, interesting. I might get that the downvotes are to suggest disapproval of the purpose of this question, but does that warrant closure as off-topic?
    – Bart
    Dec 9, 2012 at 16:51
  • Ok I got my answer, it was the context.Thanx for the additional downvotes and in my defence it was not my idea. Thanx Jack Dec 9, 2012 at 16:52
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    Do you think that "it was not my idea" is actually a valid excuse?
    – user164207
    Dec 9, 2012 at 16:54
  • No it is not coz I supported the idea, you are right but tell this thing to my mentor. Dec 9, 2012 at 16:56
  • I don't really see how this question is off-topic. Not constructive, perhaps. Too localized, likely. But not off-topic.
    – Makoto
    Dec 9, 2012 at 16:57
  • 5
    @JackManey I guess we all get the point now. Is there really a need to drag this out?
    – Bart
    Dec 9, 2012 at 16:58
  • 2
    Indeed, closing as off-topic was not really appropriate. The question is related to programming and can be answered ("have your app poll the network interfaces", "write a device driver"). I can understand why we don't want to answer it, and we sure can refrain from doing that, but closing, especially as off-topic, goes a little too far. Dec 9, 2012 at 16:59
  • 4
    This seems to be similar to How to send 100,000 emails weekly, a question that was (rightfully) downvoted into oblivion but remains open. Dec 9, 2012 at 17:14
  • 2
    Your question is unethical. Dec 10, 2012 at 3:00

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I guess that by now the reason for the downvotes will be crystal clear to you. As the comments have indicated, users don't seem to particularly appreciate you asking for help to spy on people. It's a bit more of a moral issue than I like to use my downvotes for (I would simply not answer) but each user is free to use their votes as they see fit.

As for the closure, that's another matter altogether. I don't think that this particular question deserves closure. And if it does, then certainly not as off-topic. Technically speaking it's a fair enough question not to be closed as off-topic. Any moral issues to me are no justification.

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