# help me understand why this question was closed as off-topic? [closed]

is this javascript property defaulting pattern a code smell? is the question at, um, question.

I'm not upset or offended by the closure; no ego involved here, and I got the feedback I needed before the question was closed anyway, but in the interests of being a good citizen I'd like to understand why folks considered this to be off-topic. Given the FAQ, this seems to be clearly in the realm of a design pattern question and thus on-topic.

I suppose it could be considered to be an implementation question (and thus more suited for Overflow) but when I asked it I was really asking about the pattern (as the question title indicates) not a specific implementation.

## closed as too localized by Jim G., ChrisF♦May 23 '13 at 16:11

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• Agreed, at first read this one seems like an incorrect closure. I don't have time right now to give it a closer look, will revisit tomorrow and if there isn't an answer here explaining how it's off topic (or hasn't been re-opened) I will re-open it. – yannis May 16 '13 at 20:22

I can't even speculate why this was closed by the community, and usually I try to defend their position when they close a question.

• This is only a guess, but I think this is one of these cases where the first close voter misread the question, and the rest of the close voters didn't pay much attention to it. It's a side-effect of /review that we've been seeing a lot on Stack Overflow, but not on Programmers. Let's hope this doesn't become a thing here as well. That said, incorrect closures happen, I've made quite a few myself. – yannis May 17 '13 at 9:22