You can note that there are 116 other questions about emulation in this site and the majority have not been closed. There is an example here that is still open
What is it with DS emulation being so slow?
The problem isn't with what you are asking, it's with the way you are asking it. Focus your question more, give only the details required and try again. The ...
To start with: there's a difference between list questions and opinion-based questions, even though we traditionally use the same close reason for both. This is due to most list questions being opinion-based, and technical limitations to having lots of close reasons.
Now that's out of the way, I'm going to post a Type I answer.
I think this question is not ...
You're right, it is a lousy question and off-topic.
However, when I first saw the question, I left it to be closed (or not) by the community rather than use the moderator's hammer. It is not for moderators to dictate so I use the hammer very sparingly.
The community seems to have taken to the question, HNQs are wonderful things.
Maybe the community will ...
A question isn't a duplicate just because it is answered by the answer to another question. It's only a duplicate when it asks substantially the same thing, to the extent where any good answer to either question must necessarily be a good answer to the other.
I'm not going to try to defend the question on its own. Others have justified that the question may not be off-topic and I don't want to rehash that.
It has also been noted that this may have been better received on other SE sites. Since it doesn't seem there's much interest in migrating it I'm guessing we're "stuck" with the current audience.
Do quality ...
I'm a little disappointed right now
So am I and I i think it's partly for the same reasons. Except:
that a completely subjective and opinion-based list-question
Only partly true.
Yes. It is asking for opinion. Even thouh it asks for a maxima ('simplest'), answers may be opinion based. May, since an answer can strive to attack the hidden issues, here that ...
You are right, we don't have many questions that have been closed as duplicates. The simplistic answer is, of course, that not many have been flagged as such.
As to what constitutes a duplicate, several StackExchange sites have agonised over this issue. For example:
SO to name but three.
And of course on the main meta, several ...
(Not a full answer or a guideline, just a starting point from the two definition Stephen did)
I do not belive that this question can be answered at all - at least not in a serious manner. It's the classic "Everyone will know that it's a duplicate, when he sees it" case. Like what is a bird ... seames easy, until you note that a Kiwi is as well a bird :))
We are not 'encouraging' such questions.
The first thing to say is that the mechanism whereby questions are selected for the HNQ list is out of our control. Although recently moderators have been given the ability to remove a question from HNQ. So, any question, duplicate or not, can get onto the HNQ list and thus receive a disproportionate number of ...
I'm referring to "Why is the Intel 8086 CPU called a 16-bit CPU?", which is being on HNQ now,
Well, a question being in HNQ or not is not really OT for us, as that mechanic is not controlled by any moderator (AFAIK).
just one month since "Why was the Sega Genesis marketed as a 16-bit console?",
This just means the question hit a nerv for users browsing ...
A few reasons:
Different address size
… Different question
Just because the answers are roughly similar, doesn't mean the questions are duplicates. If we get a lot of questions along the same lines, then we could write a canonical dupe target, but it's probably not worth the effort right now. If ...
I put one of the "long-tail" answers on that question, with apologies that anyone at all found that unpleasant.
I quite enjoy SE in general, and the question in question showed up in the sidebar so I answered it ... never having even heard of RCSE before. But being old enough to be a bit retro personally, I thought I'd chip in with a suggestion which ...