Why would tellurium + sodium hydroxide have been a good gasoline additive (if it wasn't so smelly)? was quickly and unilaterally closed. I'd removed the second question but then there was an additional comment:
You're asking for (1) a subjective opinion on whether the smell of something (according to those guys) was more of an issue than the anti-knock properties of the smelly thing; and (2) how is the smelly thing mechanistically able to increase mileage and reduce engine knock.
If it was (and I don't think so) I'm pretty sure this is certainly no longer true and the comment is no longer needed as it can attract down votes by folks who read the comments more carefully than the question post above it.
to which I responded:
I don't see that being asked here at all. The "if it wasn't so smelly" is simply a historical fact. According to the video this was the factor that prevented an otherwise effective additive from being used. It's not part of the question. I'l add parenthesis to it to help make that even clearer.
The body of the question elaborates on the title:
According to the second quote from Midgley, in addition to reducing/stopping engine knocking it also improved mileage substantially. By what mechanism is a tellurium-based additive able to do this?
00:39:18"You're asking for...",
00:41:43edited 2nd time.
I'm simply not seeing any opportunity for an answer to express an opinion I do not see a broad question or two questions now, and have argued so, yet my question is insta-closed and down-voted.
I think this was premature as I was readily trying to address the concerns as fast as I could, and at the moment feel the insta-close was in error.
Question: Why was my question so quickly closed
as asking for opinions as being too broad? I really don't see how it is.
Thoughts? Guidance? Suggestions?