There's a long series of comments under Fact-based arguments for and against President Biden's plan to appoint a black female to the US Supreme Court to Affirmative Action which really trouble me. The topic of affirmative action and supreme court appointees are both "hot" politically, but I felt that the community here could handle a question on it as long as the question asked for answers that are balanced and fair, did not contain any intrinsic premises, presented a couple of sources for background and then asked the following:
Question: What would be the fact-based arguments for and against President Biden's plan to appoint a black female to the US Supreme Court as being like Affirmative Action?
Asking for "fact-based arguments for and against" seems like something that could bring out the best in a scholarly discussion of the topic.
- But a few users seem to have decided that I have some hidden agenda, and really go after me with an intensity that I honestly find a bit frightening.
- Also, they seem to encourage the idea that all users must be prevented from having an opportunity to post an answer containing "fact-based arguments for and against".
- And one user with @uhoh: Best not to talk about cigars to someone who knows as much psychology as I do :-) and you'd have to be incredibly stupid not to be aware of it, and I don't think you're that — so that leaves me thinking you're being disingenuous. Reassure me, or don't. I find downright scary. This user seems to feel they are entitled to examine my thinking in great detail. It's creepy and does not belong in any Stack Exchange site.
I think this question is both perfectly valid and absolutely not pushing any ideas, but perhaps some "muscle memory" from past experience has left some users on edge and they are now reading more into my question than is there, and unfortunately going after me personally to try to engage me in an unhealthy way or discredit me.
Several comments are of the type "I don't know why you say that 2+2=5" which is unproductive for Stack Exchange but can be very effective if you want to trigger down vote by folks who spend more time reading the comments than they do the question.
Question: What the heck (if anything) is wrong with my question asking for "fact-based arguments for and against"? Am I being given a hard time inappropriately for Stack Exchange comments?