# How was it concluded by five users that “This question is not about mathematics”?

On the exactness of the calculus formulas

Can someone explain how it was concluded by five users that "This question is not about mathematics"?

• Without making a judgement as to whether the close reason is appropriate or not, the close reason is "This question is not about mathematics, within the scope defined in the help center." (emphasis added by me). – Daniel Fischer Mar 12 '16 at 18:38
• @DanielFischer : "Understanding mathematical concepts and theorems." is one of the kinds of questions said to be welcomed. This question fits very well into that. $\qquad$ – Michael Hardy Mar 12 '16 at 18:43
• Some of the downvotes may be coming from the fact that you made four meta posts about this question since yesterday. Some people may get tired of it. (And it seems from your previous comment that you're continuing your habit of putting words in others' mouths.) – Najib Idrissi Mar 12 '16 at 19:20
• @quid That's the reason chosen. And I agree that that reason doesn't seem to apply. Not having been exposed to calculus, I still can't understand the point of such a question, but it seems to be in scope. I've reopened it. – Daniel Fischer Mar 12 '16 at 19:25
• Please link the comment where T. Bongers said that. (Are you sure you know who's bullying who right now?) – Najib Idrissi Mar 12 '16 at 19:33
• Which one? I cannot find one where T. Bongers says "that one need never inquire about the reason for closure because it's always indicated by the choice from the short multiple-choice menu". – Najib Idrissi Mar 12 '16 at 19:37
• @NajibIdrissi : Here is a verbatim quote: "The rationale for closing is always listed in the box for the closure". $\qquad$ – Michael Hardy Mar 12 '16 at 19:40
• The comment does say that, yes. Where does it say that "one need never inquire about the reason for closure"? – Najib Idrissi Mar 12 '16 at 19:41
• Ah, finally. Thanks for finally admitting that this is only your interpretation of what's written. – Najib Idrissi Mar 12 '16 at 19:43
• Why was this question down-voted? Nobody expresses disagreement with its factual content. It was just a question, but perhaps with a tacit suggestion that it was wrong to say "This question is not about mathematics", and that suggestion did not remain tacit. And nobody verbally expressed disagreement with that. $\qquad$ – Michael Hardy Mar 12 '16 at 21:36
• This and the corresponding MSE question seem like reasonable questions to me. – copper.hat Mar 12 '16 at 22:30
• Why was this question down-voted? Some of the downvotes may be coming from the fact that you made six meta posts about this question since Friday. Some people may get tired of it. – Najib Idrissi Mar 13 '16 at 11:56
• Aside from that people might get tired of your posts, I did downvote this one as the question as stated ask question that is unanswerable from the community. If your question is really as stated, go ask that five users instead of asking on meta. If not, state your question clearly. @MichaelHardy (I do agree that the linked question is about math though) – user99914 Mar 13 '16 at 22:58
• @MichaelHardy (Sorry, I had removed my comment to edit it before you responded, so it looks out of order now.) And many users have contact information that they leave in their profiles, including several of the users that Michael Hardy would like to contact. (And having been a user here for just shy of five years, I'm rather surprised that the asker wasn't aware of these methods). – user296602 Mar 14 '16 at 1:01
• Just my 2 cents, but the linked question seems like a good and earnest question. I share your outrage that it was closed. – goblin Mar 14 '16 at 14:25

## 1 Answer

Quid's edit seemed to have disposed of the usual "close reasons", if they were valid for the first closing. But the question was closed a second time after that.

I would like to say that this was a strange and unique occurrence, but in fact it is common behavior on MSE.

Anyway, thanks to @quid for taking the initiative to forestall the closing of a question that is interesting in itself and has led to several thoughtful answers.