I am writing this Meta question as a question I posted on ELL today is currently sitting on four close-votes, precariously on the cusp of being closed. The reason people cite for their votes, I gather, is the question, as it was initially phrased, was a question about the meaning of the term and some people'd think the term I ask is a Googlable term.
Well, Google does show some results for amateur night, but the term is absent from all but two major online dictionary sites. The Oxford Dictionaries Online, one of the two dictionaries that has an entry for this term, has no example sentences, which people familiar with the ODO would know is rare as the ODO always has examples except for those extremely uncommon words/terms. The ODO even has examples sentences for uncommon adverbs that do not appear in other dictionaries.
Therefore, I didn't deem my question general reference or off-topic. Very soon it attracted two answers, along with some close-votes, and even a down-vote. See those close-votes, I promptly edited the question to be one about the adjectival usage of the phrase. Turns out the question goes beyond what the initial naysayers thought. One commenter points out another more prevalent term "amateur hour." That term is listed on several major dictionary sources, many of which also include its etymology and explain why the term is used the way it currently is. Apparently, had the term at issue been "amateur night" I wouldn't have to post the question and could have just do my own research. The two existing answers, as much as they are helpful and appreciated, didn't include clear etymological information.
Despite many upvotes this question has received, it is still on the cusp of being shut down. I don't understand why after I revised my question based on the initial feedback I saw, the close votes do not reset. There appears to be no mechanism that sends out notifications to people who have voted and invites them to review the newly edited question and reconsider their votes. In my case, I think the objection that some people have against the initial question has clearly been made obsolete and irrelevant. Also nobody has answered my revised question which has only been touched upon by some commenters.
Why should questions be closed first before they can be edited and reviewed again? If my question ends up being closed, I don't even know how I would possibly pitch its reopening, because the question would have had already been edited before its closing and there would be no change to consider in the reopen review. People would be staring at the same stuff on the two sides of the review panel and would decide to leave it closed since no change is made.
So what do you think? If you happen to agree with me, I humbly ask for your help to keep this question open. And if you happen to have close-voted it, please take another look and reconsider if it is really off-topic. Also I ask that if you know the answer to my edited and renewed question, please consider commenting or posting an answer.