My question Inline HTML elements don't allow setting “width” - why is that? was just closed as "opinion-based".

I'm a bit confused as to why. I'm not asking for opinion, I'm asking for the rationale and history behind a design decision. I thought software and API design was squarely on-topic here.

Also, there is a fair number of (excellent, IMHO) similar questions about why certain APIs or systems are the way they are, such as:

Unfortunately, none of the five close-voters left a comment explaining their decision. So why was is considered opinion-based? How could I ask about this design decision in a way that is on-topic?


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I'm reopening this question unless someone has a good reason why it shouldn't be. We have guidance about history type questions, which (as far as I can remember or find) hasn't been superseded by newer guidance and we have a number of other open and unlocked history questions.

  • Thanks, that was fast :-).
    – sleske
    Jan 31, 2020 at 12:31

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