I have edited the differences into the question and nominated for re-opening.
< minor rant ~= read for the constructive aspects >
@pdr - While the original intent of the question was clear to you, the fact that the question was closed as duplicate indicates that the difference was not sufficiently distinct for the community. Editing in that case is a courtesy to the community that says "hey, you missed the nuance in this question, let me help point it out to you."
Props for calling out the closure in Meta though. I wouldn't have seen it otherwise, and I think it's a good question now that we've clarified the difference. I'm dealing with a similar issue at a smaller scale.
@ThuneGrill - as the sender / asker of a question, it's your obligation to make sure the receivers (the P.SE community) understood your question. Burying two or three questions within a single paragraph that's a little ranty (yes, I note the irony) doesn't help the signal-to-noise ratio of your question. If you need help with editing your question, you're more than welcome to ask on Chat in The Whiteboard.
Also try to keep in mind that we're trying to build high quality Q&A within this site. I understand that it's easy to get defensive instead of treating things as constructive feedback. What I think you're calling bureaucracy is actually what makes this site stand out from forums where you can't get a solid answer to a question. Apologies in advance if I have misunderstood your comments.
Please keep in mind that you can always flag your question for moderator re-opening after you have edited the question to address the concerns brought up from close voting.
You do have a solid question, and thank you for asking it here in P.SE.
< /rant >