About a month ago, I asked two parallel questions:

The first question received modest upvotes and a comprehensive and excellent answer. The second question received no answers, was downvoted, and auto-deleted.

(NB. I don't have enough rep to see the breakdown of up/downvotes.)

Why was one question (apparently) well-received, while the other was not?

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    Currently +6/-2 for the first one and +4/-3 for the second.
    – Bobson
    Jul 8, 2021 at 18:01
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    @Bobson is that difference significant?
    – Zev Spitz
    Jul 8, 2021 at 21:34
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    Not really. I just figured I'd provide the numbers since you can't see it on your own.
    – Bobson
    Jul 8, 2021 at 22:06

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As I see it, the two questions are the same, except that they ask about different groups / places: the Palestinian Authority (which is mostly/only in power in parts of the West Bank?) and Hamas (which is mostly/only in power in Gaza?).

I think there's nothing wrong with the questions per se. The remaining question attracted a few close votes but was left open after review. The auto-deleted question was not closed and there were no attempts to close it. It was autodeleted after a month because there were no answers and it was negatively scored.

Seeing that the remaining question has yielded good answers, I don't see why the autodeleted question shouldn't be given a second chance. As such, I'll undelete the question.

  • I appreciate the undelete, but could you theorize as to why there's a difference? If I would have asked the same exact question about China and Venezuela, would there have been the same disparate response?
    – Zev Spitz
    Jul 8, 2021 at 21:32
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    @ZevSpitz I'm not sure. One reason could be that the other question received a good answer, so it got more views and people were more inclined to upvote.
    – JJJ Mod
    Jul 8, 2021 at 21:39
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    @ZevSpitz Probably people saw two very similar questions posted on the same day and got annoyed. Jul 9, 2021 at 15:20

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