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During close review process I came across this question and I did not know what to do (I skipped it): it sounds kind of silly (thus many downvotes), but it seems to be technically correct (it is about governments and asks for a study example, so it is clearly not broad).

Currently, it has 4 close votes:

The primary purpose of this question appears to be to promote or discredit a specific political cause, group or politician. It does not appear to be a good-faith effort to learn more about governments, policies and political processes as defined in the help center.

It also has a good answer explaining why the requested study cannot happen.

Personally, I don't think the close reason is correctly applied to this question and I am wondering what should we do with this kind of questions?

Question: Should naive, but technically correct questions be closed?

  • The biggest problem with that question is that the accepted answer is terrible by any standard. I think that even the most staunch libertarian would disagree with such an extreme viewpoint, and that the user who posted it is banned network-wide for 10 years is a good indication that it wasn't posted in good faith. – Martin Tournoij Apr 28 '18 at 13:47
  • @Carpetsmoker - yes, the accepted answer is an anomaly. However, I don't think this should affect how the question should be judged. – Alexei Apr 28 '18 at 14:23
  • @Carpetsmoker How do we find out that the user is banned network wide for 10 years? I don't dispute the veracity of it but don't know where it is displayed? – SleepingGod Apr 28 '18 at 21:59
  • It's on the user's profile page @SleepingGod: "This account is temporarily suspended network-wide. The suspension period ends on Oct 17 '26 at 23:59." – Martin Tournoij Apr 29 '18 at 3:06
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If you don't think the question is too broad, not too opinion-based, and genuinely seeking information, not a duplicate, and on-topic, then I wouldn't vote to close even if it does seem stupid.

Stack exchange exists to provide answers to questions, even if they are naive or silly seeming questions.

  • Obviously, sites differ, but I frequently find that, at least on SFF, seemingly "naive stupid" questions are actually quite interesting and often, surprisingly deep, from the point of view of a genuine subject matter expert (i.e, a bunch of people with some tag answers will denigrate a question but someone with the gold tag badge will find it interesting). – user4012 May 1 '18 at 2:29

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