I am a native speaker of English (not a pineapple), who classes himself as a "serious enthusiast" of the language. This site, as has been discussed elsewhere (most notably here), takes some getting used to for any new user, but I decided to put in some effort to understand the rules and conventions of this site, because I felt that it has the potential to be very enjoyable.
I guess 45 days weren't enough to figure it out. I understood (between this site and the main site) that single-word-request questions were frowned upon, but not closed, because people favored questions by and for "linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts." (copied from the site blurb). Alright, no problem, I'm a serious enthusiast, I can think of high-level questions that bother me about how this language works, and bring them here.
But I'm really struggling to figure out why my most recent question was down-voted and closed. In one sense, it is indeed a single-word-request question, as I am searching for a term; but in my mind, it's more on-topic than most of those, because I am looking for a word to use to classify nouns. If you haven't read the question, I was looking for a word to use to differentiate between nouns where someone is given an identity as, for example, a New Yorker, versus the weaker someone who lives in New York
The close reason given was "unclear what you're asking," but I don't think that's it, as Kris understood well enough to give a partial answer (I'm considering it partial because it only provides one word out of the two that I asked for, and then not even an English one), Erik Kowal (forgive me if I attributed the answer to the wrong person) understood well enough to give an answer that he subsequently deleted, and Janus Bahs Jacquet understood well enough to leave a comment that I'm still trying to figure out. And note that those last two, while I'm not accusing them of anything, were among those who voted to close.....
So, what exactly was "unclear" about this question?
Thank you all for helping me understand what was wrong with that question. It has since been edited so that it actually makes sense. Thanks!! :)