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 ...
The question received twenty five moderator flags. At least twenty of those were directly related to the controversy caused by this title wording; I haven't had time to count them. This was also a Hot Network Question at the time of the event. (Hello, future people!)
I think I was justified in my actions in this specific case, however I do ...
This looks like a classic case of miscommunication between a user, the community, and a mod.
The mod didn't do anything wrong. A situation was diffused in the quickest way possible.
The original poster didn't ask the question incorrectly.
A Woman's perspective?
I've discussed this situation at length with my girlfriend who is a fellow lover of ...
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 ...
Migrate it to Worldbuilding where they are used to answer open-ended hypothetical but science-based questions:
Where could you obtain neon/argon in 1931 Las Vegas?
How would one develop a transistor in a medieval setting
What would be the best way to get clean, drinkable water in a medieval city?
I will allow my fellow moderator to make his own comments on this but here is my take.
When I first came across this question, it had already gathered a long comment trail with arguments for and against the word "Father". Many of these comments, on both sides of the argument, had also attracted flags "Rude or abusive". Also, at the time I came across the ...
Disclaimer: This is an official answer (at least, as much as I can make it) because having an opinion is hard and I'm lazy.
You wrote an answer that took from multiple sources, and provided attribution. This is allowed.
You accepted an answer of your choosing. That's your right; not even moderators have the authority to change it.
Yes, I believe this question is a good candidate for a Community Wiki model and possibly a moderator Wiki Lock. There would be a single answer which any user could edit to add additional information, instead of several incomplete answers.
I don't think the question is off topic.
The problem seemed to be that DosBox isn't designed to run Windows, which is a problem with DosBox, and therefore with the modern software environment. However, the user asking the question can't be expected to know what the answer is.
In general questions about running Windows 95 on modern hardware should be on topic....
In general, the best course of action is to ping a moderator in chat – or failing that, raise a chat flag. All network moderators would be able to help you with this. (Though meta's never a bad bet; the three Retrocomputing mods get notified when a question goes up here.)
If you want to prevent a room from being automatically frozen or deleted, posting ...
Thank you for asking this as it relates to an issue that we as a community need to decide upon.
Firstly, to your specific point, I don't believe that editing your question to reduce the scope would make a material difference. It would still be broad.
So, yes, your question is broad and is essentially asking for a list. It is not the first such question ...
Thinking that a question is not valuable is not a valid reason for deletion.
I see no reason for the question to be deleted.
Thank you for your concern regarding the quality of the site as a whole, that is appreciated. However, the general rule is to delete questions only if they are off-topic (or spam of course).
If you wish to delete this particular ...
Would it be better if you now modify the original question to include the clarifications, on behalf of the questioner? This seems more in keeping with the intent of comments, which are not meant for extended dialogue.
This would make it much easier for anyone reading the question in future to understand without having to read through the chat or the comments....
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 ...
I've had some sour feedback about it and it seems one of the other answerers resented that.
For one, as it was me, I would prefer to be called by name, not some vague wording. Especially if it's quite clear whom you're talking about (*1). Equaly important, unlike you seam to belive, my remark wasn't in any way related to me writing an answer as well. I may ...
I think it's clearly off-topic, even though emulation is generally on topic. This is a case that we know the configuration is unsupported by the emulator's developers, and trying to get it to work is better directed at looking at a different emulator. Entire forks of this particular emulator exist to run out-of-original-scope applications.
Any question “How ...
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 ...