I asked a question about certain game assets. These assets happened to be music, but that is kind of beside the point - the question depended on whether there is an in-game or development process related explanation for a seemingly inexplicable anomaly of this content.
Of course, this is my first post on this stack exchange (if not the entire family of websites), so something must be wrong enough to get my terrible submission off the front page.
The leading (and only reason) why it is off topic? "it is about music comparison, not gaming". I addressed this in a comment, so I won't bother to again.
Let's looks at it from a broader perspective, and start with the help centers definition of good topics to ask about.
Arqade is for passionate videogamers from all platforms, including consoles, computers, handhelds, and mobile devices. If your question generally covers things such as …
Gameplay strategies and tactics
Puzzle solving or obstacle clearing
Game mechanics and terminology
Plot and characters in games
Game-specific hardware and utilities
…then you are in the right place to ask your question!
My question was in particular a question about terminology specific to a game franchise. Additionally, the narrative reasons for the weird split in terms that prompted my question are.... plot and characters in games.
Let's look at the other side, the stuff it says you shouldn't do. I won't even bother to list the category, as there is only one possible red flag:
Speculative questions about developer intent, with respect to both mechanics and narrative
Not only is this not the issue that my question was closed for, as the quick and relevant answer proved, it's not really a question with a speculative answer. There is a relatively definitive answer based on how the story works and how the music relates to that.
Furthermore, my question clearly triggers none of the red flags for "subjective questions" that users are to be wary of. It also generally fulfills all 9 listed qualities of a good question in a post that has been updated this year.
What has been accomplished here? A question was asked about material in videogames and they're relation to each other. I could not think of a more appropriate place to ask a question about videogames. This was not a music question - no where was there the implication that a musical analysis was necessary, just an analysis in the context of the game.
Someone answered the question with a good answer and fulfilled my curiosity. Everything seemed to work as it should, besides 1 person misinterpreting it - or not bothering to even read it, seeing that I was a new user - which triggered a pile-on of people who echoed this users flag/vote without responding to my rebuttal or leaving any comment regarding the matter.
Why would any individual come here to ask a question if they knew they would be treated poorly so someone could get the thrill of flagging and downvoting? I got an answer, I guess. I probably could have gotten that anywhere.
If questions from new users are going to be automatically assumed to be poor quality and off topic, for whatever reason, new users won't bother asking here. I thought it would be good to probe the knowledge of an assumed knowledgeable community, but why will I, or an increasing number of potential users, bother with it, knowing that a question is mostly an opportunity to exercise arbitrary internet authority?
Enjoy trolling me in the comments, I guess, I won't be reading them. Have fun with that and the minecraft questions that appear to make up about 50% of the frontpage.