I've noticed a lot of questions get closed - nearly half, it seems - and many of these questions get closed rather hastily.
This happened this morning with this question.
I had a feeling the question would be closed. The O.P. asked the community to evaluate some "word salad." Sure enough, in less than 30 minutes, it was closed, with this remark:
Questions are expected to generally relate to English language and usage, within the scope defined in the faq.
So, I visited the FAQ:
Questions on the following topics are welcomed here:
- Usage, word choice, and grammar
- Problems encountered by people learning English
It seems to me that the FAQ would support the question, rather than support its closure!
The O.P. is apparently not a native English speaker (hence the word salad). More importantly, though, the question seemed very carefully worded. The O.P. did not ask in some vague way: "Can you make our slogan better?" or, "Do you think this is a good slogan?" Instead, author took great care to ask some pointed, relevant questions:
- Is our wording proper? (answer: no)
- Can some of the words be misconstrued to mean something other than what we are trying to say? (answer: yes)
Therefore, even though the slogan was painfully difficult to read, I still thought the question was fair and relevant. In other words, the slogan was bad; the question was not.
Moreover, the FAQ says:
What kind of questions should I not ask here?
- You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face.
In this case, the O.P. was not asking about some trite conversation, or trivial argument - the question was about a marketing slogan for a new company. To me, that sounds like a practical question, based on a real-world problem.
In summary, I share John Lawler's frustration. It's discouraging when someone puts a lot of effort into providing a well-conceived and helpful answer, only to be thwarted by what appears to be a moderator's knee-jerk reaction.