I am referring to my question here.
Within minutes of posting the question it was closed, and I am still confused about why. There are the comments:
Maybe it's me, but I don't see the question about English? – Alenanno
This is a linguistics question, but not an English question. If you'd like a Q&A site for such questions, I recommend supporting the proposal for linguistics.SE. – Kosmonaut♦
To which I replied:
@Alenanno Sorry to see the downvote(s). The question is, what are the definitions of first, second, third person? How are these definitions applied to games? This is a question about the definition of words in English. The video games stuff is just the motivation for the question. Is this off-topic? @Kosmonaut I just looked at the Area51 site for linguistics.SE and see that "what is the meaning of [word] in [language]?" is a "great example of an off-topic question". That is the heart of my question here, it's just a dictionary didn't quite cut it for me.
The conversation continued a little more between Alenanno and myself.
I am not happy with the way that my question was dealt with. I still do not understand why it was deleted. Indeed, in another question on meta, a moderator states "really has little relevance to a site for questions asked by "linguists, etymologists, and (serious) English language enthusiasts". I do not really care to make a big deal out of the "linguistics is on or off-topic" issue, because as I said in my reply to Kosmonaut, the site for linguistics.SE has the core of this question as a specific off-topic example.
I believe my question is very much related to the usage and meaning of words in the English language, and feel quite unhappy at having my question closed without any attempt to ask for improvements (as I have seen done on many other SE sites) or even giving the asker the opportunity to edit. I do not understand why it was dealt with in this off-hand fashion. If my question was unclear, then I could have edited it to make it better. If my question was off-topic, and it was closed as such, is the discussion of the definition of words and concepts in the English language off-topic? Because I see plenty of those questions open. Even one of the questions which I answered was on the usage and meaning of "gearing up". How is this any different at all to my question?
I feel such incidents set a poor precedent for future unfortunate closures of questions.