I'm trying to fix my question to make it on-topic for the site. Here is the link to my original question: How to ask an acquaintance on a date without committing to a relationship?
And while I was reading the "dont-ask" in the help center, I was told to avoid "asking an open-ended, hypothetical question: “What if ______ happened?”".
I read a couple of meta posts about hypothetical questions, mainly this one: Let's revisit our policy on hypothetical questions
The stance seems to be that hypothetical questions are discouraged, but good ones do exist, and a good hypothetical question would inform about a situation that is likely to happen in the nearby future.
I wrote the question for myself, since I originally had it a few years ago. Back then I decided not to ask the girl on a date, because I didn't want to commit to a relationship, but if I had the communication skills I do now, I think I would have gone ahead and asked for a date.
Is this question too hypothetical and non-useful because it is a long past situation? Since it happened a few years ago, and most of the circumstances have changed, is this useless, hypothetical speculation on a situation that will likely never happen?