The FAQ rather clearly states
You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual
problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the
usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page.
The question in its original form amounted to "Why could somebody at some point in time think that algebraic topology is dead?" Even that is not so clear, since "dead" can have several meanings. The question was basically an invitation to write "I think algebraic topology sucks because..." That one can learn something useful when googling it is IMHO not a reason for making it constructive. Good questions and good lists of keywords are not the same thing.
Now it turns out that the source of the quote is "easily googled." It is due to Novikov, an influential algebraic topologist and that could provide a basis for an excellent questions. One might be interested in the historical circumstances around algebraic topology in the Soviet Union. One might be familiar with the biography of Novikov and have trouble relating it to his life. One might be familiar with writings of Novikov and therefore appreciate his perspective and want to understand it better.
These are all quite different questions, and it is not clear which one is the intended one. Moreover, I don't see any sign that the OP was really interested in any of these questions. It was after all only that other people commented that they think such a question, which is completely different from the original one, might be worthwhile. The OP has not shown in any way that he is really interested in any of these questions.
Coming back to the quotation from the FAQ, I think the "problems you face" part does matter. I could post a lot of mathematically interesting questions by looking at the blogs of notable mathematicians and whenever I see them posting "It would be interesting to know if..." post it as a question on MSE. I don't need to actually understand "my" own question in order to do this. The edited question doesn't demonstrate any interest but not getting closed, and that is IMHO just not enough.