For the sake of learning, some debate, and at the encouragement of a reputable user, I humbly present to the community...
I have asked a question. What is the etymology and meaning of Oss?
My intent in asking this question was for the Q & A to contribute to the community's knowledge-base, by collecting verifiable meanings and the etymology for "Oss", a term that is widely used in some martial arts.
My question is similar to, yet different from, a previously asked question. When is it appropriate to respond with osu?
This latter question was specifically about when to say "oss", and was regarded as lacking research. The answers given to it seemed primarily opinion-based and were somewhat lacking in terms of citations or references. They also did not satisfy my own curiosity, and I determined that I did not want to engage with that particular question. I felt compelled to ask a slightly different question, which led to my own.
After all, isn't the sum of looking at a something from different angles the very activity that builds our knowledge and understanding of a topic? Isn't that one of the purposes of a forum such as ours?
My question was swiftly marked as a possible duplicate, to which I edited and clarified the differences that I felt distinguished my question from the other. My question was not about when, but rather, what the meaning of the word is, and its history. The answers given to the other post included some of this information, but that was secondary to the primary intent of the other question.
A comment was left that my question showed no research whatsoever, which was only partially true. I had read the other similar question, so I dutifully linked that. I had also documented my training and life experiences with "oss" thus far. Before asking the question, I'd done some investi-googling, but was disappointed to find that though there are a ton of articles, sifting through the heap, I found most to be less than academic, and poorly cited.
The disdain for my question mounting, I followed the encouraged approach of answering one's own question, and went about the task. I think a decent answer was produced from that effort.
To my understanding, my question is absolutely not a duplicate, and can rest on its own merit. It is another angle of discussion regarding "oss", that contributes to the knowledge-base of this forum. In my estimation, it is different both in content and quality.
It seems to be on-topic.
Ultimately, I'm trying to understand why 4 flags persist, to close my question after I've distinguished it as different, and provided a well-researched answer? I'm presuming it remains flagged for being a duplicate, as no other information has been given regarding why it is flagged.
I would welcome further direction on how I can improve this question and answer.