I have a question about my Cross Validated post: The formula of a coefficient from a regression with 3 independent variables (not in matrix form)
I posted the original question today and immediatelly it got marked as duplicate. The warning about it being a duplicate states: "This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question. If this question is different, please edit it to explain how it is different".
As anyone can clearly see, the question is not a duplicate. To the point that the moderator who marked it as duplicate, justified in the comments why he did so despite of the fact that he/she knows it is not an exact duplicate - on the contrary to what the warning of "marked as duplicate" says.
I would go even as far as saying that the question is not only not a duplicate, but it is exactly building on the one that it was accused as being a duplicate from. The whole point in my question was exactly to understand how to generalize the problem to more than 2 variables because I got confused with the generalization.
If needed, I could easily ask the question in terms of "how to generalize it to the case of
n variables". So, my first question here in the meta:
1) would that make it an acceptable question if re-ask it terms of generalizing to
2) or, what if I re-ask and show what I got for the 3-variable case and ask what is wrong?
Note that I am interested in the generalization case up to $X_n$ and only asked a question about 3 variables to simplify. Also note that I am specifically interested in not using the matrix form, for learning purposes.
Finally, because I think that in this case the moderator abused the meaning of "duplicate" just to block a question he/she thought didn't need an answer, the last bit to ask here is:
3) aren't there any limits for the extent to which the rules can be strecthed? If one finds answering a question to be non-sensical, that's fine. Don't answer. But this alone does not qualify a question as duplicate according to the very rules of this site.