A question of mine here was closed for being "not specific to mathematics." I am at the mercy of the moderators of this forum just like everyone else, but I would like to challenge the community on the way this was handled.
First of all, there have been other such questions that are not technically "specific to mathematics" that have not been closed. Sometimes they are even among the most popular on the site! For example: here, here, here, the first of which garnered a lot of rep to one of those who closed my question.
Secondly, unlike the previous "borderline questions", mine was not given time to either catch the interest of the community or fizzle out.
Thirdly, my question is primarily of significance to math folks. While my question could be generalized (with arguably little content lost) to other scientific fields, in practice it seems rather localized to the subject in which pencil and paper is the primary means of communicating to various audience. Would the question be more on point if I asked about how math students communicate with their advisers long distance? Maybe technically, but my question is in the same spirit and arguably better focused.
On here as at MO, there are times when a question that may be against the letter of the law, is within the spirit of the law and the level-headed pleas of a few people of good judgment may keep a question open despite the objections of the finicky. The point of the rules should be, it seems to me, to serve the community. We are not meant to serve the rules.
But I bow down to the will of the various powers that run the show.