Not to be confused with: Why are questions with multiple answers off-topic?
We've all seen questions that have been flagged as off topic, too broad, etc. or have been voted with negatives numbers. And yet as supposedly poor as those questions are, often they still get lots of members giving answers.
That makes me wonder, are the questions really "bad", or fall into some rule breaking category, or is it that the person(s) voting against it just doesn't like that question?
To be clear, in some cases it is quite obvious why the question is flagged a certain way, and/or why the question is poor. I'm not doubting that this happens. I have written a few myself, and I thank anyone who has shown me A) why the question was poor, and B) how it could be improved.
But then there are the other cases where a question was so well understood by several people that multiple answers were given, but still some others persons decided to flag or down-vote. So which one is correct? Is it answerable or is it a poor question? I don't feel like this is a matter of opinion either. If its answerable then it cant be that poor.
Correct me if you think I'm wrong but in my opinion if a question gets multiple answers then the question couldn't have been that hard to understand. If say 5 people thought the question answerable doesn't that out-vote the 1 person that down-voted because "I don't know what you mean by that". Does a question deserve to be down-voted because someone didn't "get it" while five other people did?
To avoid embarrassing anyone, or any "he said, she said", I'll only use my own questions as examples (though there are many cases of this from many other members). Clearly a question like: Can death create a loophole for two exact duplicate people existing in the same universe? deserved its "closed as unclear what you're asking"; because A) it was unclear what I was asking, and B) there were assumptions made on my part that weren't the shared norm.
But in the case of: How to transform matter from an immaterial state to another more solid state there are four (as of this writing- 3/16/18 4:10pm) who understood the question well enough to give me some fairly solid answers, yet it's currently got 2 down votes.
Again, I'm only using my own questions as examples, but I have seen a lot of this going on with others questions too. Too me, it just seems like something's off. If the question has answers, and doesn't outright break a rule, then it shouldn't be down-voteable or considered "too unclear".