I have been trying to ask a question on this site related to the gender pay gap. At first I originally asked it, and it was closed and dismissed as a dupe, despite this not being the case.
I then edited and clarified the issue, flagged for moderator attention hoping to get it reopened, and still it was left closed and erroneously considered a dupe.
Now, I have asked my question here just to see it being downvoted by people who either don't understand the issue or can't be bothered to actually read the question.
The first question I link to simply asks if the gender pay divide exists and for evidence supporting that, and the answers reflect this.
The problem is, there are many many reasons for the gender pay divide, many of which are not related to discrimination.
I am specifically trying to determine to what extent pay discrimination is going on in companies and organizations, i.e. at a low level separate from the entire group of womens earnings being compared to the entire set of mens earnings and acknowledging there is a difference.
Hence, I am asking for studies or reasong or some kind of evidence that discrimination (not a just pay gap) is happening at the level of individual companies and organizations. I think this unlikely as the laws against such discrimination carry heavy penalties and it would not make sense for companies or organizations to take such a risk.
Now, my question on meta, is how can I ask this without it being reduced to "Is there gender pay gap" and hence lumped with the other question?
It is clearly and unambiguously a separate issue, so how can I make this any more clear?
Why in the first place would different aspects of an issue get lumped with a general question addressing the issue? This does not accomplish anything as it is not addressing a duplicate question, and simply denies the chance for further elaboration or clarification on a particular point.
Can we not have a policy that particular points or sub-issues can be expanded on in their own question, without being considered a dupe?