I had asked this question some time back. What I intended to know was understood perfectly by the person who has answered it. Since then, the question has been viewed a thousand times earning me a 'popular' badge. It shows that lot of people had that question in mind. Surprisingly, I have only one up vote for my question but that is the least of my concern. I feel 'closing' this and similar questions based on some technicality will stop people from asking curious questions. Curiosity is the mother of physics. Let us encourage it.
I'm a bit surprised this got closed as unclear. It's really a duplicate and could have been closed on that basis, though I chose to answer the question because I judged it wanted a less technical answer than the duplicate.
Anyhow I have edited the question in an attempt to make it clearer what is being asked. Jay, please feel free to undo my change if you don't think it fairly represents what you are asking.
Since the question has an accepted answer it's debatable what will be achieved by reopening it. However I can see that it's annoying to have your question closed when it's a perfectly good question so I have voted to reopen.
I present a few counter-points:
- this list of 390 closed questions with >950 views & is closed (but not a dupe)
- this list of 211 closed questions with >5 votes & is closed (but not a dupe)
Simply put: there is no correlation between views or votes and topicality. Questions that are ill posed, which your original formulation certainly was, can still acquire rep & views, despite a closed status, which is how you got your badge about it.
I don't at all believe we should let the view counts (which can never decrease) or votes influence whether a question is on-topic or not. That should be decided by the question itself (and the required 5 voters opinions on the question).
That said, if your question is closed, feel free to ask why it was closed (preferably in a timely fashion, but 1 year is fine too if you want to wait that long) and how you might make it better to get it reopened.