This video shows a 737 'near miss' takeoff. I'm curious as to why the aircraft did not take off as expected, i.e. is there anything obvious from the video?
I'm assuming the speed and payload would have been within the expected limits, so wondering if someone can explain what happened.
The two first words are a link to a Youtube video.
Your answer is in another castle: when is an answer not an answer? on Meta Stack Exchange is pretty clear, and very often cited all over the network: answers that only point elsewhere are not answers; answers need to be meaningful even if no external content is accessible. (A case can probably be made that images hosted on Stack Exchange's Imgur subdomain are not really external content, as there is presumably some sort of contractual agreement in place there, but it's a nice touch if also images hosted there are not needed to get at least something out of the answer.) Yes, that's about answers, but I think questions should be held to a similar standard.
The question Why did this 737 not take off on first attempt? was closed as primarily opinion-based.
There was then some discussion in the comments, followed by the question being reopened, including by a moderator.
Which pretty much leads me to my question: Does a question that is solely reliant on external material to be answerable meet the definition of a good, on-topic question?
Consider if Youtube removes, or restricts access to, the video in question. Or even shuts down completely, even if only to users in in some location. Or if the user who uploaded the video to Youtube decides to remove or restrict access to it. At that point, the question becomes meaningless and, for all intents and purposes, unanswerable.
I'm not arguing that video cannot be a useful element in a question, but is it not reasonable to require a question to stand on its own even in the absence of the video?
If someone posted a question about something, and I simply posted a link to a video in an answer, I'm pretty sure that would be (rightfully, IMO) deleted as not an answer. So why not hold questions to the same standard?
Admittedly, though I didn't participate in either closing or reopening of that question, I would have chosen unclear what you are asking rather than primarily opinion-based for the close reason, but still...