Can you please help me understand why What's a word for a 'thing that makes one sleepy'? is a general reference question while "Finance" is to "financial" as "trade" is to what?, for instance, is not? I answered both questions assuming they had no 'generals reference' characteristics, and, especially regarding the former, I don't see how it could be easily answered looking ( which word?) up in the dictionary.
I would suggest that your answer quoted verbatim from a dictionary to What's a word for a 'thing that makes one sleepy'? is proof that it is a general reference question. Plus saying you answered the first question thinking it had no impediment implies you waited for someone to raise an objection, but you answered with
soporific only two minutes after the question had been posted. The speed in which you replied is possibly an indication that it was a GR question. This doesn't take way the fact it was a good answer.
As for the second question, Finance” is to “financial” as “trade” is to what? The accepted answer was given by a mod, so presumably that person recognizes when a question is on topic or off topic.
Others voted for GR, but I cannot explain their votes.
I closed What's a word for a 'thing that makes one sleepy'? because it is a bad single-word-requests question.
It fails the basic single-word request checks:
Before making a single-word request, ask yourself the following questions (taken from this meta topic about good request questions):
- Does the question describe exactly in what context you want to use a single word?
- Does the question specify the criteria for which the suggested word will be accepted?
- Does the question list which words you didn't like?
- Does the question show that you searched for a suitable word before asking the question?
The answer to all those questions is "no", as far as I can see.
As to the other question: I hadn't seen it before, but I have closed it now.