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the original question stated two options: silence or telling.
Arwen Undómiel said in the comments that this is off-topic because it is a "What should I do?" question and gave a close vote.
Granted, so I removed the silence option and edited the question immediately so that I ask how to proceed with the more difficult option. I also flagged Arwen Undómiel's comment as unnecessary.
Fast forward, 12 hours later. Arwen Undómiel's comment still stands despite flagging, it is upvoted 4 times, and they did not remove it. Those 4 upvotes correspond with 4 further close votes so that the question is closed now (seemingly for the starting reason which don't exists anymore), despite the editing and the comment that the original has been edited.
The user Cascabel even acknowledged that the question is now "more on-topic" and asked for clarification, but still gave a close vote without waiting out an edit (Clarification: In the answer below she explained what was the reason. No hard feelings).
By the way, I got messages of incensed users because they did not see the original question and only saw the more controversial question.
This is not a single case, it happens in fact more often than not as several other meta question show:
Asking the user to edit the question is either not working or it works badly, so how can this be improved?
ADDITION: My main problem is that efforts are not registered or rewarded. I acknowledged the problem put up by Arwen and removed the easier option (even if this draw some ire from commenters) nearly immediately and informed about that in a comment. I also applied the proposed changes by GretchenV to make the text more readable.
Again: The reaction was 4 close votes after the changes, with 4 upvotes for Arwen's comment showing that the readers did read the text and still voted to close. It is like my changes never existed. And if a question could be saved, isn't it preferable to put it in shape immediately instead of having a close/reopen cycle and drama in meta?
"To put a question on-hold pending more clarification and improvements, to avoid you getting bad answers." The problem was that there was no pending, the changes were already there when the close votes came. Until Cascabel's comment/vote there were no further clarification or improvement requests which I could have replied immediately.
First, thanks for the answer and the apology. Your comment was absolutely ok, but you had the bad luck to come as last when there is already a bad mood, so I apologize too if you got the impression to be targeted. For regarding necessary time: While Arwen's comment was standing and been flagged, another visitor chided me and I replied; those comments were deleted, but Arwen's comment was untouched.