At times, I conceive of questions that are vaguely related to more common ones, but entailing much more nuance than generally captured in basic references or guides. In some cases, the answer may be found in advanced sources, but locating it would require specific expertise exceeding my limitations.

Recently, I posted such a question.

It was closed.


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Without presenting a full rebuttable, I would suggest that every point is largely incorrect as applied to my question. Even the one I consider most sound in principle, the final, may apply for someone who has greater knowledge than I, but seeking such knowledge from others is the purpose of asking questions. No obvious method presents for finding an answer in any reference, advanced or basic, based solely on the content contained in the question.

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I’m going to reöpen your question. I don’t believe it is well answered here. The would-be duplicates seem mostly to mindlessly repeat the same old tired mistakes.

Here are some references to get people started on providing an actual answer: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

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    It isn't really well-asked, either. It's simply not clear what distinction is asked for. Commented Nov 28, 2022 at 17:23

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