I have a question about my Super User post: Why are there Windows 3.1 icons in Windows 7?

I recently posted a question about icons I had located in C:\Windows\System32\MorIcons.Dll. Almost as soon as I had posted it, it had been placed on hold for being 'opinion-based.' While I have held a Stack Exchange account for a while now, I am still confused about why some of my questions are placed on hold or voted down. I reviewed the help center documentation about on hold questions, and I do not think I am in violation. If anyone could tell me what I can do to improve my question or what I did wrong, that would be greatly appreciated.

  • Your question is opinion based as it can only be answered by Microsoft.
    – DavidPostill Mod
    Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 17:54
  • @DavidPostill Thank you for your swift response. I appreciate the constructive criticism. I wasn't even expecting for you personally to respond. Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 18:12

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Because you asked "why".

Why can only be answered by the people who made the decision being questioned.

Why is not an appropriate question, most of the time, in a tech-support Q-and-A context.

While we can guess as to the reasons (and there were comments enough on your post doing precisely this) these legacy icons remain, we cannot actually state with authority all of the real reasons.

Therefore, in the limits of the context of Super User, this question cannot be answered except by opinion, and then who is to judge who is right, and therefore how can we truly say THIS is the answer and THAT is not?

Except for certain specific types of questions, WHY questions will be closed for opinion, breadth, or other reasons here. The better sorts of questions for Super User are HOW questions.

  • Why is not an appropriate question, most of the time...a legitimate exception to this rule IMHO is a case where authoritative information has been published and can be cited by an answer. Commented Apr 26, 2017 at 11:49
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    That would be a valid question, though it gets close to missing the do your homework first" requirement as well. Commented Apr 26, 2017 at 15:49

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