Why was there never a dub for Skip Beat? was originally closed but reopened when it was changed to 'Why didn't it happen' rather than 'When will it happen'

Another question appeared recently https://anime.stackexchange.com/questions/22186/has-tokyo-ghoul-been-dubbed-in-english asking "Why has Tokyo Ghoul root A not been dubbed in English?" which was closed under unannounced future events.

Is it on-topic or off-topic to ask why something hasn't been done?

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    personally i think they have the same problems as unannounced events Jun 6, 2015 at 9:16
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    Sometimes there might be some known story behind why something didn't happen that answers can recount (e.g. if I asked "Why wasn't Kodomo no Jikan released in the US?", there's a well-documented story behind it). But largely, I agree that they have the same problems as unannounced future events: there's no way to know unless you have inside info.
    – Torisuda
    Jun 6, 2015 at 23:46
  • Not sure if on topic here, but at least related; Unannounced future events seem to be a problem on its own. Questions about future events seem to be closed regardless whether they are actually announced or not. While I agree they are bad questions and would be solved by a simple google query in most cases, it seems we don't even bother to check first (the same goes for image ID requests) Jun 7, 2015 at 20:57

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I think we can allow questions asking why as long as:

  1. The OP includes in the question the latest news or announcement about the event, and

  2. It must be at least one year since the date of the announcement if the announcement doesn't specify a date of the event, or at least one month since the date of the event as stated in the announcement, and

  3. The OP have to show some evidences that the event didn't happen (basically, do your homework).


As no one has formed their opinion in an answer, I propose that these should be closed as off topic as they are consistently unanswerable due to no information being available.

Even if you were a head of a company - there are other companies too that license series.

I think plot-related / in-story questions should stay though as these can be attributed to plot holes, other characters influences etc.

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