I flagged this question as unclear, expecting it would be a pretty cut and dry case.
Every answer expresses uncertainty regarding what the asker is asking. There are multiple comments asking for clarification.
I left this comment: "I think the rubber band example might be overcomplicating things, but I'm not certain. If you had some other round things that did not stretch, like plates, and one had a larger radius than the other, would the word you're looking for still apply?"
And got this response from the asker: "Alas, 2 years and 2 days later I don't remember at all what I had in mind then. Thanks anyway!"
If the person who asked the question doesn't even know what they were asking, then how can we conclude anything other than that the question is unclear?
Apparently the response from the asker was taken as "bemusement" by some, as if the age of the question has some sort of effect on whether it should be answered or not. I didn't even notice when the question was posted until that comment, and still don't think it has any relevance.
I did not find this question through some sort of queue or algorithm. I was using the site. I was browsing around, happened upon a potentially interesting question that was open and without an accepted answer. If the question is open, it is still inviting answers, and if there is none accepted, then it hasn't been answered. So, therefore, I tried to answer it.
After spending some time on it, it became clear that the question was unclear. Therefore, since we have an open, unanswered question that has been found to be unclear... we close it.
I fully understand wanting to take the age of questions into account when looking for questions to moderate. But that isn't what we're talking about here. This is a question that has been found. It has been found naturally and identified as unclear. What kind of precedent does it set to ignore this, given that the work of finding and identifying the question has already occurred?
Would we be more inclined to close it if I did the same thing the other answerers did, and posted a poor answer while trying to guess what the question means, bumping the question to the top of activity page? Surely that's not preferable.