Proposal: History of Science And Mathematics
I would like to make a case that it does in fact belong here in spirit (even thought it might not be worth asking here anymore, since it has already been answered), and I would like to make that case by pointing everyone to the [accepted answer to the equivalent question on M.SE] (https://math.stackexchange.com/a/688115/115703), which (surprise, surprise) was answered by a History of Mathematics student.
So, I would really like to figure out why this question was deemed inappropriate here in the first place. If it was downvoted simply because it contained the word "alien", how many other questions have been upvoted/downvoted here not because of whether they belong, but because they 'contain the right words'? How can we avoid this issue in the future?