Those questions do extend beyond the O.P., and that is significant. Members of the community can only read what is put into the question. Don't expect us to find the hidden nuances that can turn a mundane question into an interesting one; the onus is on you to do that. Perhaps some members will be able think of interesting subtleties that can be explored, but others will regard it only at face value, and rightfully so. No one can read your mind.
Quite frankly, I've been surprised at how some users write what appear to be very hastily-drafted questions, and then take umbrage when their question is summarily closed.
My advice to anyone asking a question: take your time. State your question clearly. Put it into context. Include all the subpoints you would like to have investigated. Explain in detail what research you have already conducted. Make it evident that your question is not motivated by laziness or inertia; instead, plainly show that you've performed some research with a good-faith effort. Finally, proofread it. Make your question itself a positive contribution to the community – such questions are eagerly welcomed by the English enthusiasts who frequent this forum.
Let me offer EXHIBIT A. How easy would it have been for the O.P. to ask:
What is the difference between an emperor and a king? I was asked
this question the other day, but had trouble coming up with a good
and then leave it at that! Instead,
- a context for why the question is being asked is provided,
- preliminary research is presented (notice how this extends beyond
just king & emperor, but includes kingdom & empire as
- an initial hypothesis is given.
Clearly, the O.P. has put some careful thought into this question. It's a very basic question, but notice the reaction: it was protected, not closed, and had received nearly 40 upvotes by the time I wrote this. Who knows how many more it may garner over time?