Recently we had a question on gender neutral German job advertisements:
No doubt that the question is interesing, and it is also answerable but it had several issues:
- There were four related but different questions asked in one.
- Only one of these on the ending /in is about the German language as defined in our FAQ.
- All other questions were about legal or cultural aspects, which I believe are off topic as not related to the language.
- The question was even tagged culture further indicating that language may not have been the major concern of the question.
This made me believe the question was off topic and I put it on hold. We could have edited the question to make it on topic, but we had agreed to not perform such edits if they changed too much of the original poster's intention.
I asked the OP to edit their question to put more focus on the language aspect. I would not have hesitated to reopen it then, because I really believe it is an interesting topic to have. Sadly this did not happen.
Instead the community decided to reopen it without any such edits. And - foreseeably - we are now having comments discussing exactly those cultural and legal issues.
As we had not extended our topics to allow questions on cultural, legal, historical, or political aspects of Germany I now feel quite confused as to why this question was reopened, and how we should handle future questions about topics not related to the German language.
Additional note: now that the question was re-opened and was answered I made minor edits to the title and the question body in the hope this resolved the issue.