- Why do Republicans prefer President Trump to President Pence? (+9/-3)
- Why do Republicans oppose the Voting Rights Advancement Act? (+20/-3)
- Why are right-wing politicians in the US typically pro-Israel? (+50/-3)
- Why do Republicans and others accept the propagandaic use of the term “Progressives”? (+44/-2)
are all well-received and well-answered, but my question Why did those in the recent enrollment surge in US Native American tribes (especially Navaho) not enroll until now? has three close votes for
Questions asking for the internal motivations of people, how specific individuals would behave in hypothetical situations or predictions for future events are off-topic, because answers would be based on speculation and their correctness could not be verified with sources available to the public
This does not apply obviously because I've asked "Why did...?" which is past tense and about something that actually happened and the close reason mentions "hypothetical" and "predictions"
Certainly there are going to be sources available about Native American enrollment in tribes, why they don't, what can be done to encourage them to do so. These may not be popular reading for those focusing on US palace intrigue, but that doesn't mean they don't exist.
I wrote there that:
I think the difference here is that the three close voters suspect (without research) that there are no citable, well articulated reasons for this and that not enrolling was for no particularly coherent or documented reason, so nobody should be allowed to post an answer. This is not a good reason to quickly close a question. Instead let's have a little faith in the resourcefulness of the community and see if it turns out that there is in fact a good answer. Thanks!
Is it possible that "I don't know so nobody could know" is happening here, or even "Native Americans probably don't act in rational and collective ways" is happening here?
- Why do some "Why don't (group) think that..." type questions do very well and others get neglected and closed? Do folks sometimes just close some because they are inherently less interesting, or because of some "I don't know so nobody else could know" rationalization is in effect?
- What could be done to spice this up so that it looks at least a little more like the four highly popular questions I've cited above that to me look like they are just as eligible for the same close reason I've cited, yet escaped that with flying colors? What "secret sauce" is my question missing?