Question: Would a similar statement about taxpayer money used in SLS/Boeing or the JWST (delays and cost overruns started circa 20111 and continue) be equally or more appropriate, or are delays with Commercial Crew even more egregious? Is this Jim Bridenstine tweet just a bit of "space snark" or do the sentiments reflect a legitimate beef?
The only information I have so far on why this question was so quickly put on hold is @DavidHammen's comment which includes:
Given the multiple opinions posted on that twitter thread, there's no knowing what Bridenstine actually meant by that tweet.
How can someone know that "there's no knowing" something?
I don't think some comments in twitter matter in any way, much less prove that no fact-based answer are possible for this question.
The quick and silent hold prevents any answers being posted thereby creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. This seems like "nobody can possibly know the answer, therefore nobody will have a chance to post one".
One fact-based answer was already posted within 3 hours, which seems to run completely contrary to the hold reason:
...but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise.
Why is this quick blocking of any further answers considered the best possible course of action here? Why no suggestions how to modify/improve? The insta-close without allow the community vote or post answers seems to be a vote of no confidence of the community's ability to:
- generate good quality fact-based answers
- discuss and decide if the question should be held or improved.
I don't think that vote of no confidence in this community is warranted.