# Possible overreach on marked duplicate

This question was posted yesterday and recently closed as a duplicate. I think as originally posed, the question was a duplicate, but I believe the OP had clarified before it was closed that his question was less about the fact that certain equations could be balanced multiple ways and more about how one determines the observed reaction. He was wondering whether the true reaction could be determined theoretically or if it required some experimental input.

• I cannot speak for any of the close voters, but imo the linked question has a lot of fluff. The short section that might make it not a duplicate is put right at the end of a bunch of text that heavily suggests that it is a duplicate.
– orthocresol Mod
Apr 24 '17 at 15:57
• The fact that the OP edited the question sufficiently that the one posted answer became obsolete (see OP's comment here) to my mind also argues in favor of leaving it closed. Apr 24 '17 at 16:04
• Considering I'm not a mod, I would happily "overturn community decision". Voting to reopen because it's not a duplicate, merely related. Apr 25 '17 at 13:56

If the question would not have used an example with xenon, but instead something equally as valid, would it still be closed of the question below? For example, borrowed from How to write the balanced equation of the reaction of potassium nitrate, carbon, and sulfur? $$\ce{aKNO3 + bC + cS -> dSO2 + eCO2 + fN2 + gK2O}$$