Why close https://travel.stackexchange.com/q/151871/76132? there's a Tipping tag with 112 questions.

Chris H says I didn't address his question. Apologies – I thought this was obvious. I typed out reasoning, but my comment got deleted?

  1. Travellers have to tip in Chinese restaurants in North America. 2. Chinese customs are different. Non-Chinese travellers probably don't know them. 3. This doesn't mean racism, but some Chinese tourists are known to be very unprofessional. See https://reddit.com/r/Chinesetourists/top/. I can't just take the restaurant staff's word.

Look at these questions all open and tagged tipping. How are they on topic but not mine? They can be asked by local residents.

Is tipping customary in London in a restaurant?
Do hotel cleaning personnel have any benefit from leaving empty bottles in the room as opposed to returning them to the store?
How to reward good service in Japan?
How much is customary to tip drivers in Georgia?
Is tipping mandatory at restaurants in Canada?

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    I asked you in the comments how that is a travel question. Your reply didn't actually address that at all, but just stated - as you have here - that there is a tipping tag with 112 questions. The fact that some other questions related to tips are also travel questions does not mean that every tip-related question is a travel question. I suggest you think a bit harder about whether your question actually has any relevance to travel, because I sure can't see any.
    – Chris H
    Commented Jan 8, 2020 at 9:14
  • @chrish done in my post
    – user13759
    Commented Jan 12, 2020 at 2:45
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    no you haven’t. You’ve linked to a bunch of other tip-related questions which - unlike yours - all have fairly clear connections to travel. I really think you should try to explain what it is about your question that makes it travel related. And I mean explain, in your own words, which part of your question relates to travel; I do not mean point at the existence of other (really quite different) tip-related questions.
    – Chris H
    Commented Jan 12, 2020 at 11:00
  • @ChrisH How do they "all have fairly clear connections to travel"?
    – user13759
    Commented Jan 20, 2020 at 7:58
  • they're mostly of the format "I am visiting <some destination OP is unfamiliar with>, what is the tipping culture there?". The other is about hotels. If you can't see for yourself how those questions are connected to travel, I have no idea what to tell you.
    – Chris H
    Commented Jan 20, 2020 at 8:52
  • there may even be other questions which (unlike the ones you linked to so far) are in fact similar to yours, and have not been closed. I doubt it, but it is possible. But even if you do find one (or more), this is irrelevant. Sometimes questions fade from view before they get enough close votes. That does not mean they are on-topic, it merely means they slipped through the net. The existence of other questions will not make your question on-topic.
    – Chris H
    Commented Jan 20, 2020 at 8:58
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    If you genuinely want to understand why your question has been judged to be off-topic, you should do what I've already suggested three times and explain how you think your question relates to travel. If we don't understand your logic we can't tell you where it goes wrong. In case it needs repeating, that means using your own words to talk about your question and how it is related to travel. Pointing at other questions is not an explanation, and is not helpful - they are not your question, and do not affect whether or not your question is on-topic.
    – Chris H
    Commented Jan 20, 2020 at 8:59
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    the question was closed as being off-topic, you repeatedly complained about that but when asked what the connection to travel was you refused to provide any explanation, instead just linking to entirely dissimilar tip-related questions as if their mere existence makes every tip-related question on-topic. Asking you for an actual explanation is not "trolling", and I'm not going to accept such accusations. Especially when you make sweeping racist generalisations in the same comment.
    – Chris H
    Commented Jan 24, 2020 at 7:22
  • @ChrisH I typed out my reasoning right above your comment. Now you accuse me – "you refused to provide any explanation"????
    – user13759
    Commented Jan 24, 2020 at 9:30
  • @ChrisH did you see my edit above? i'm sorry if "Trolling" offended you. my reasoning got deleted.
    – user13759
    Commented Jan 26, 2020 at 23:00
  • as my previous (since deleted by a moderator) comment said: I'm not prepared to engage with you further as I do not believe you are acting in good faith.
    – Chris H
    Commented Jan 27, 2020 at 7:06

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A comment under your question seems to explain the reasoning:

I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's purely about tipping decisions, not about tipping culture. – Nean Der Thal 2 days ago

This seems sensible to me. The question is opinion-based. Some will say it's reasonable not to tip, others will disagree.

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