My recent question for a single word or phrase that can replace 'single word' as in "what is a 'single word' for 'this description of something'" has now been placed on hold as off topic even after I edited the question to make the context clear, giving examples, and after substantial discussion had occurred in comments. I should like to know why it was put on hold so that I can try to improve the question and bring it on-topic.
EDIT: I have only now received the earlier very clear explanatory comment
"I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it does not attempt to solve an actual problem that someone is having" -- tchrist
I assure you it is an actual problem that I am having and not hypothetical. I perceive the use of 'single-word-request' as awkward and wanted to know whether there is any other word or phrase to cover the meaning. For example, since we have the word 'synonym', it would be awkward to read a sentence such as "can you suggest a same-meaning-word for 'elementary?'" -- if no such word/phrase for 'single word' exists, can somebody say so and I'll accept the answer!