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What are plausible possible outcomes after the Catalan referendum?

This thread was put on hold with -5 votes and deemed "off topic".

If the independence vote in Catalunya is successful. What are the possible outcomes?

This thread, which asks the exact same question, has currently a bunch of answers, healthy discussion, and 10 upvotes.

Please explain this incosistency?

  • I just reopened the first and then closed it as a duplicate of the second, because the second was posted two months earlier. – Philipp Sep 15 '17 at 9:00
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    I removed the account that posted this since it was a sockpuppet of a known troll trying to evade suspension (and went haywire in comments). Still, even if poorly phrased originally, this is a decent Meta question. The initial reception of the latter question was a bit problematic. – yannis Sep 15 '17 at 9:51
  • This is just because when people see a question starts being downvoted, they like voting it further down, no matter how good/bad the question is. The second reason is that the second question (first in your post) started off much worse than it currently is, and was edited to become better. – Bregalad Sep 15 '17 at 10:17
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First one is easily explained by the fact that the original down-voting and closing pertained to original, bad, version of that question, whose title wasn't the objective-ish answerable "plausible outcomes" but instead a wholly subjective speculative "What is going to happen after the Catalan referendum?"

Please note that once a user fixed the question up it went from 5 downvotes to 2 upvotes+2 downvotes, probably because 2 people moved on and didn't notice the fix.

The second one has 10 upvotes (instead of 2) and tons of answers because it was a lucky beneficiary of tons of views (306 views) and likely ended up on Hot network Questions list.

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