However, I found my question down-voted twice w/o any suggestions (in associated comments) how I could improve it and 3 closure requests for
off-topic stating as reasons that the translation request was inappropriate (1) or that
expertise of a language other than German (2) was required edit: the question has now been closed with this latter reason given, which is definitely incorrect.
Neither is correct (though the original post didn't mention my earlier attempts to find a translation).
What is going on here? Is this down-voting/closing to be expected/intended? Or is SE German being taken over by trolls & bullies (as are so many other sites)?
I think fundamentally, almost all posts on SE German are about translation in the widest sense. Hence making translation requests off topic causes a problem and creates a large grey area, inviting abusive closure requests.