My name is Ankit and I joined Skeptics Stack Exchange yesterday. I want to preface this by saying that I’m not trying to vent anger or rant about a problem, I legitimately want to get this fixed so the community as a whole can learn and so others don’t go through the same frustration.
I recently posted a question on Skeptics.SE in regards to my skepticism towards the commonly held notions that low testing rates show several countries (most notably India and Japan) have failed at responding to coronavirus, and that the actual amount of cases are significantly higher then the confirmed cases. These ideas are commonly spread through the news media, and I had even found a fellow Skeptics.SE member use this logic. I was skeptical.
So I did my research, investigating epidemiology and the actions taken by the respective governments and spent over an hour writing a post. I started by stating what I was skeptical about, explaining why I was skeptical (refuting the commonly mentioned arguments) and then clearly asked my questions:
“Is there any evidence to prove that India and Japan are severely under tested for corona, or is this entire argument solely based on a hypothetical, possible situation? ...Can we really state confidently, armed with actual data, that the Indian or Japanese responses to the coronavirus have been ‘botched' or 'a prime example of what not to do?' Can we really say that '[Confirmed cases] isn't a good comparative measure of actual cases' or that actual numbers are 'likely multiple times this number?’”
The question was deleted by a diamond moderator within less than 3 minutes. There is no way that he/she could have physically read my question in so little time; it took up my entire screen. He/She stated that I didn’t ask a question. English isn’t my first language, but I’m pretty sure “Is there any evidence to prove that India and Japan are severely under tested for corona, or is this entire argument solely based on a hypothetical, possible situation?” is a question. He/she also said Skeptics.SE is not for debating, to which I say, isn’t expressing skepticism by definition debating? Ironically enough, the same moderator tried debating me literally hours later (which I don't mind, civilized, informed debates makes the world less ignorant) They further marked it off topic, which said that it doesn’t challenge a claim, which again it clearly does. I am including the moderators comment below:
"W come to Skeptics. This is not a debate site and this is not a question."
Not only was the post closed but it was deleted, leaving me with no way to contact the moderator. I couldn’t even post on meta for multiple hours as I am new and didn’t have the minimum 5 reputation. (Since they deleted the post, I couldn’t ask regarding my post and surpass the 5 rep bar.) He/she never told me how to improve, they just deleted it. If they just told me what was wrong and let me fix it, I would have done so immediately without minding.
I was lucky that one of my answers were upvoted giving just enough reputation. To this I ask, why does someone hold this much power, that one (not me i got lucky) can’t even state something for days? These kind of things would be quick to deter users from Stack Exchange and are hurting the community from spreading ideas and therefore I request that this issue is further looked into so others don’t experience the same. Thank you.