I ask something like
It doesn't make sense to have X. What's the point of it?
And people will understand it as an implicit request like
X is bad and should be removed.
No one can hear your tone of voice online. How do I rephrase questions like this to make them more "innocent"?
There’re lots of Stack Exchange Meta questions — that are not proposals — that get tons of downvotes because people disagree with the proposals that they think the questions imply. I too have asked meta questions that the community perceived as proposals (and hence downvoted in disagreement) though that wasn’t my intention.
What I want to learn here are ways to ask “pure” questions in English, questions that people don’t interpret as implicit proposals for changes, especially ones that start with “should…” or “why doesn’t/don’t…”