The following post What topologies are largely unexplored in machine learning? asks more than $6$ questions, which are quite unrelated to each other. Shouldn't this type of posts be closed as too broad?

According to One post with multiple questions or multiple posts?, the suggestion is to ask one question per post (especially, if the questions are quite unrelated), which I completely agree with.

See also Flagging post that has multiple questions? and https://meta.stackoverflow.com/q/267058/3924118. They all state that posts with multiple questions should be closed as too broad.

I've already flagged the question above as too broad, but my vote was rejected (so my only way of contributing to this community is to downvote such a question, which, IMHO, would anyway deserve a downvote, because of the lack of focus and simplicity).

Is it possible to know why moderators haven't closed this question as too broad?

A few other questions that should all be closed as too broad:

All of these questions (which I have read) should be closed as too broad (given that they ask more than one unrelated question).

If this community wants to attract more people, it also needs good questions and answers, that are compliant with "standards of quality" of SE websites.

  • $\begingroup$ My sense is that the questions in the list that remain open are within the range of acceptability in the broader context of the stack. (Many of them deal with philosophy, theory, or social impacts.) On the "4 steps of Monte Carlo Tree search" I'm personally inclined to agree with the OP that they are related, and form a single overall question. $\endgroup$ – DukeZhou Nov 27 '19 at 21:03
  • $\begingroup$ @DukeZhou Read https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/39224/287113. Even if they are related, he's asking at least 7 questions, if I counted correctly. $\endgroup$ – nbro Nov 27 '19 at 22:30

The similarity between these questions is, that they were all written by the same author which has a reputation greater than 5000 points (top 2% overall). The newly created question of this user would fit also into the definition of a complicated multi-dimensional problem. Let us describe what the purpose behind “closing a question” is. The idea is to signalize, that a question isn't wanted in the forum. That means, the forum denies the service request. The user is asking for help, and the forum isn't motivated to response.

In the meta SE.AI forum, there is a huge motivation to close questions as offtopic and too broad. And there is only a small willingness to criticize answers for existing questions. And this kind of group behavior makes absolutely sense, because the ability to ask a question is a powerful tool, which is more important than given an answer. If somebody is able to control the questions, he can moderate the entire forum.

The SE.AI Q&A website is no longer in the Area51 status, it has become a normal forum which makes it harder to control the questions which are asked by the public. According to the guidelines, anybody is allowed to do so, and the variety of topics is huge. And long term users are aware, that it's hard or even impossible to close a question as offtopic. So it's some kind of play for trying exactly this. At first, the user is getting as much reputation he can, and in the second step he tears down the entire forum and pushes his own agenda into the mainstream.

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    $\begingroup$ Moderators can close a question flagged as too broad immediately, so there is no excuse for letting them open (AFAIK). Have a look at this post https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/75192/287113, where the privileges (including closing questions as too broad) of moderators are listed. $\endgroup$ – nbro Jun 13 '19 at 15:00
  • $\begingroup$ Also, mods can suspend users (including high-rep one) if they are pushing their own agenda conflicting with the site policy. $\endgroup$ – Andrew T. Jul 9 '19 at 4:57

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