Relating to this question but also based on observations with other questions about non-heterosexuality.
Our site appears to have a problem with allowing questions about sexuality to remain open. And now that I think about it, I probably can broaden the issue to any question about any sexuality. Am I suggesting that we should open our doors to explicit questions? No, I'm not. People of all ages and opinions visit here and decorum isn't a bad thing (I consider it more mature than speaking explicitly about anything).
But we frequently close the questions, often before enough answers have rolled in to provide the OP with the expression of views needed to make a good decision.
The linked question is a great example. Even with Cort Ammon pointing out that the question was very much a good example of the A proposal to finalize the “are real world questions on-topic” debate discussion, the question was actually closed twice.
I'm willing to grant that any discussion involving homosexuality (or any other aspect of the LGBT community) is a political hot potato. It takes stamina to proffer an answer because, guaranteed, there will be people who disagree (or outright hate) the answer — and it doesn't matter which "side" you take.
But that very fact is why such questions should be permissible. Sci-Fi and Fantasy are often the vanguard for discussing socially sensitive issues (possibly because cloaking the discussion in so much fiction "lessens the blow"). We should be supporting it, not rejecting it.
Now, I understand that the question is asking about real world facts and appreciate TCAT117 posting that he felt the matter was easily resolved with simple research. But I'd like to point out...
- That the moderators are proposing that real-world questions be on-topic.
- And that, in this specific instance, the real-world statistics are open to enormous interpretation.
As it stands, the question is missing the balancing answers to those that basically reflect my own. That's a tremendous disservice to the OP.
I would like to recommend that the question be reopened, and if it's possible, to have its ability to be closed locked out. As I posted on the real-world question discussion, I'm in favor of real-world questions being on-topic. Honestly, if you don't want to answer a question — skip it. There should only be two reasons (overall) to close/hold any question.
- The question requires clarification before too many answers come in to improve the quality of the answers.
- The question adds nothing to the value of the site or, worse, is a distraction from the value of the site.
In this case, I have my suspicions that the question was closed because people didn't want a question about homosexuality on the site. (I hope I'm wrong.)