I posted this question in 2010:
Since then, it's had 22 up-votes, its answers have had at least 86 up-votes, and 5 people have marked it as a favourite question. It's had a wide variety of answers, which have been well informed, well presented, and incredibly useful to me, and, I would suggest, other people as well. A variety of potential introductory game development platforms, have been suggested, including one the day before it was closed that alerted me to Greenfoot - an Oracle-backed, Java-based platform that I hadn't heard of before, but looks ideal.
A few days ago it was closed as "not constructive", as far as I can tell by the unilateral decision of one moderator, rather than because anybody had voted to close it. Apparently my only appeal (according to the moderator who closed it) is to post here "if I really want to".
Well, I do want to. How can this question be viewed as "not constructive"? It does involve facts, references, and specific expertise. It hasn't elicited debate, argument or extended discussion, and it's not a poll. Is the gamedev board really better off with this question closed?