Every time I venture to other SE's outside of math.SE, I have to prepare myself for the barbarism of the outer lands.
Yesterday was the first time I had a relevant question to ask here. It turned out it needed to be broken into two subquestions. One is regarding a specific discredited result of a scientist, and the other asks about the institution which gave him an award for the discredited research.
Both were closed almost immediately by a single moderator. I will not dispute that my second question is not about a single claim, but I will try to make the case here that the second closure really seems like a ham-handed knee-jerk reaction against a "new user" who was not asking questions "the right way".
I was prepared for a non-reception of the second question, because it does not ask about a specific claim; nonetheless, isn't it a relevant question for a skeptic to ask?!
The second question is presumably fine, but it was closed with the complaint that (to paraphrase) "two questions is one too many". Really the questions I asked are very close to each other, and it is obviously a waste of time to create two different posts to address both. How else can I diagnose this closure except that it was simply an excuse to shut the question up?
I don't expect anything to change with the situation, but I just wanted to express my disappointment with my first visit here. I really doubt that either question I asked is so much worse than "were bears trained to serve vodka..." and "can a person forget their own name" that they have to voted negative and closed immediately.
From the number of other meta posts complaining about this hostility, I can see that I am not the only one who has noticed the problem. This sort of behavior is awesome if you want your SE to be known as overrigid in its FAQ and closed to outsiders, but presumably that is not the impression you want people to get.